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What

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Greetings,

About 20 years ago I played the Alto Sax in middle school, I wish I could say that I've been playing since then, but sadly a change of schools and financial situations forced me to give it up for a time. Now as I remember it, I loved playing, but as they say hindsight is 20/20 and also often rose colored. Given that I decided to start with a less expensive and easier to learn instrument the alto recorder, figured it would be a great way to test my patience in learning an instrument and to relearn how to read music. Well now I feel it's time to move on to the Saxophone this time a tenor (I do love the sound). Since I do not have the money for proper lessons and I needed a good place to talk with other players, ask questions that will pop up, and just get some advice, this looks like it might be that place.

So, glad to be here and hello to you all.
 

kevgermany

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Big welcome from me. Lots of late starters and re-starters here. Tenor for me as well. Have fun here.
 

aldevis

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Welcome to the cafe.

Alto recorder? I am curious to know if you call notes in concert pitch.
 

old git

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Welcome to the caff©, What.

Middle School? Is that where the song "Stuck in the middle with you." was written?

ENJOY!
​™
 

TomMapfumo

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Hi there, What!

Luckily for you the Tenor is the easiest sax to play for older folks and the larger bore and deeper sound covers all sorts of mistakes that the more specialist alto sax can't match! Have you already got a tenor sax? there are several good cheaper Tenors - Gear4Music, John Packer, Bauhaus Walstein and others if you need help. All depends where you are based.

Ask away if you need any help or advice. At the same time it is always a good idea to have a brief search through various parts of the website as there is lots of good stuff which has been covered.
Kind regards

Tom:thumb:
 

navarro

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Hi there, What!

Luckily for you the Tenor is the easiest sax to play for older folks and the larger bore and deeper sound covers all sorts of mistakes that the more specialist alto sax can't match! Have you already got a tenor sax? there are several good cheaper Tenors - Gear4Music, John Packer, Bauhaus Walstein and others if you need help. All depends where you are based.
Hi Tom, I am a nine monther on the alto and have been seriously considering getting a tenor and was interested in your comment quote

`Easiest sax to play.` What I wanted to ask you on the lower keys is there a bigger stretch factor as far as fingering is concerned.

I have never really looked at a tenor`s layout. I still intend playing alto in the swing band but would like to double up. Soprano is a no go It is to clarinetical for me. Regds N.
 

aldevis

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Hi Tom, I am a nine monther on the alto and have been seriously considering getting a tenor and was interested in your comment quote

`Easiest sax to play.` What I wanted to ask you on the lower keys is there a bigger stretch factor as far as fingering is concerned.
You know you want it. A tenor would suit you perfectly, Sir....

About stretching fingers: not much difference on modern horns.
 

navarro

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Hi What, welcome from a newbie (nine months) alto. It didn`t mean a thing
till the guys an gals started to sing. (Forum chorus)
And now,
I got that swing.

Lots of good advice and humour from everyone here, you will enjoy it . Best regards N.





WOT.


 

TomMapfumo

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Hi there!

Just noticed your query. Aldevis is spot on regarding modern keywork - should not be a problem. playing a tenor should be a good experience. I play my tenor a lot more than I used to but still play alto most often. Biggest adjustment I made was with mouthpiece size, primarily Ebonite, but played the Francois Louis Spectruoso (alto sized)
and currently have a Claude Lakey Apollo metal (also alto sized), obviously with enor reeds. It is, also the easiest to play for grown-ups!
 

Tenor Viol

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Welcome to the cafe.

Alto recorder? I am curious to know if you call notes in concert pitch.
Treble recorders are also known as alto.

All recorders are non-transposing as far as I know.
 

navarro

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Thanks Aldevis ( nice auto suggestive comment there A) and Tom. Tomorrow I am putting my state of the art Zimmer frame on Ebay as my first step in purchasing a Tenor. Oh dear once a failed stand up always a failed stand up. I am sure you all spotted the psychological inference in relationship to my Zimmer. No doubt once purchased I will be bombarding the forum with all kinds of questions about the tenor not the Zimmer. Best regards N
 

trimmy

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Luckily for you the Tenor is the easiest sax to play for older folks and the larger bore and deeper sound covers all sorts of mistakes that the more specialist alto sax can't match!
Tom:thumb:
:))) Love it :thumb:


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