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graeme.ellis

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Hi Everyone

I am a new member, just signed up.
I bought my first sax about ten years ago, it was a cheap Jupitor alto and Ive never looked back, got my grades, bought a better horn, joined a couple of bands, blues, jazz etc
I now play Baritone in a Ska band on Teesside and its great fun although not very challenging and this Christmas Ive treated myself to a new Yamaha 62II tenor, hope I made a good choice?

I am thinking of setting myself up as a solo sax player doing weddings and stuff, does anyone know of a good place to find decent backing music, from chart stuff to funk to jazz ballards?

Happy Christmas to you all

Graeme:)
 

Ben Cain

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hi
good to hear from someone in my home town. now living in essex for the last 15 years but miss the boro (especially newbolds pease pudding)
anyway, sounds like a great choice of horn and best of luck with your plans.
Ben
 

kevgermany

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Hi, welcome. I'm sure the others will chip in with backing tracks. Good luck with the tenor. Cracking instrument.
 

Nick Wyver

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I am thinking of setting myself up as a solo sax player doing weddings and stuff, does anyone know of a good place to find decent backing music, from chart stuff to funk to jazz ballards?
Good luck. I did a wedding once as a solo. Hated it. Won't do it again unless someone begs me and tempts me with huge amounts of dosh. I'll stick with a band - much more fun.

Anyway, for backings I used a combination of stuff. I've been teaching for a while and so I've accumulated quite lot of various playalong books - Aebersold, Hal Leonard Jazz series, Guest Spot, Take the Lead. I augmented that with some midi files that I'd found on the net and some Band in a Box stuff. I used a decent sound module to convert these to files I could burn on a cd. Nowadays I'd have them all as mp3s on a laptop if was to do it again.
 

RedBottom

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Isn't it lovely when new members take the time to introduce themselves before asking a question. Too many people just wade in and ask, and you don't know them from Adam. You don't usually see them again, either!

I have a bit of liking for ska, I must admit. I'm very keen on Leicester band, El Pussycat.
 

Stephen Howard

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You made an excellent choice - the 62 is a 'proper' bit of kit.
Of course...you do realise that it's VERY bad luck to play a new horn between the 24th of December and the 5th of January...

Regards,

PS...only joking...it's the 24th to the 4th...
 

gladsaxisme

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Hi Graeme

Welcome to the cafe hope you enjoy the company, and best of luck with your ambitions.I blow a 62 myself but it's an alto I'm afraid, I'm trying to ween myself off the ELKHART starter I bought but that's difficult because it's such a good horn...john
 

visionari1

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Hello and welcome to the Cafe.

Try jazzbacks for backing track, mainly jazz standards.

Cheers from NZ
 

TomMapfumo

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A very warm welcome from the Skabertawe Horn Section down by yer in Wales - tidy, mind, look you...........! agree that you have a very decent horn in your hands - When I was choosing it was between the Yamaha and the Yanagisawa T901 - the rest was history, but I concentrate on the Alto myself.

If I were booking music for a wedding I would probably prefer a trio/quartet - live musicians rather than recorded backing (I had a trio of lute, violin and flute all those years ago - 21), with maybe just two musicians (sax/keys) to welcome people in - may be reasonably economic with other two joining later (bass/trumpet/drums or whatever - trumpet to give a break on lead).

Anyway I hope you have a great Christmas and enjoy your time on the Forum.
Kind regards
Tom
 

Pete C

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Hi Graeme, yes I agree with several of the other replies - live musicians sound better and are much more fun to play with. Also, what are you going do play solidly for 2 or 3 hours or take solos and play them bits of your backing track in between? Pete
 
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