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George

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Hi all,

Just joined. I am retired and have always enjoyed listing to Sax music...... So I decided I should learn to play one. I listened to much and fell for the Soprano and Tenor Sax. I bought an inexpensive one (Cecilio Soprano). I received it today, shipped from California. I promptly got it out of the box, put the neck in the body, moistened a reed, assembled the reed on the mouthpiece, with the edge of the reed exactly even with the tip of the mouthpiece, and tightened the legiture.

I put the mouthpiece on the neck, and tried to make a sound. Just a rush of air at first. Moving the mouthpiece in an out of the mouth, I managed to create a high pitched schreek and a medium (kind of mello) sound.

At this moment I am doubting I will ever get a musical sound out of it. I go for a first lesson tomorrow.

George

1/21/2011
 

Two Voices

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Hi George,

Welcome to the Café!

Nice choice of instruments. Don’t be disheartened, it’ll come. Like many said to me, it would be better to concentrate on one instrument to begin with. Out of the two I would suggest the Tenor as the Soprano is most difficult to keep in tune from top to bottom when just starting.

Having a teacher will be a major help in getting started. Within a lesson or two you be playing a couple of simple tunes then it’ll start to come together!

One thing I can say to get better is; PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE

Best of luck with your journey!

Paul
 

gladsaxisme

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Hello from sunny Manchester George

Welcome to the cafe enjoy your new saxual experiences, best advice I can give you is don't expect miracles take your time and basically just enjoy the ride...john
 

Young Col

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Welcome George, from dull, rainy London!
That's the way we all started, so you can only progress from there.
YC
 

Sunray

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Hey Hey George ...

Glad you decided to get yourself all musical mate ...

Sax is a great instrument ... [No mater which one(s) you decide to play] :sax:

My advice is to settle in and enjoy yourself ... after all life can be dull if you let it be ... ;}

Oh! Yeah ... I am in Norfolk in the UK - and like you I am past working ... :)))

I no longer have time for it! ha ha :)))
 

George

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Thanks from Sunny Florida

I appreciate all the replys. At the moment, its still difficult to understand how the beautiful notes come from this instrument.

I'll post how the lesson went tomorrow.

George
 

Pyrografix

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Welcome to the Cafe, George. There'll be plenty of advice here and lots of banter here to keep you going!
Cheers,
Amanda
 

kevgermany

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Welcome from a very cold Germany. I'm sure the lesson will help a lot. But your experience is the same as most of ours... Just get your teacher to check your mouthpiece, some of those supplied with saxes are really difficult to play, and a good beginners one will probably make a world of difference without costing the earth.
 
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Ville K.

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Hello George!

Warm welcome to the Café from cold, dark and snowy Finland!

Keep us posted on how you progress.

Have fun!

Kind regards,

Ville
 

Gandalfe

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I remember starting on soprano. I doubted I'd ever perform in public on it; the intonation is a bear to control for me. Now I really luv it and use it a lot in quartets. I even have a community band solo on it in Holst's "Venus" to work up for the Spring concert. Welcome to the cafe.
 

Taz

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Welcome to the cafe George. Enjoy yourself that's the key to sax success! If you don't enjoy it.... get some bagpipes instead (Just don't expect to keep your friends!!!)
 

visionari1

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G'day George,

Looks like you dive right into things.
Enjoy the freindship and knowledge this forum offers & enjoy the ride. Welcome & cheers from NZ
 

thehunt

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Hi George, big welcome form me too. The Sop is not the easiest to start with but stay with it, once you get it, it will sound lovely.

All the best.
Phil
 

George

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Well I took my first lesson. The instructor didn't think too well of my brand new Cecilio Soprano Sax. It is beautiful looking, but some of the keys are sluggish, and the Octive key was either not opening or sticking open.

I called the seller, (Mendini Music in California) and they agreed to refund all but the shipping charge of 24.95. So I am happy with that.
My instructor loaned me an Alpine Alto Sax to continue practicing on. He will sell it to me for $200, if I like it.

Anybody heard of the Alpine brand. Everything seems to be functioning. So I will continue with that for the time being.

Please give me your opinions on the Alpine Dehan.

George
 
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