Hey Trimmy, Im glad you liked the Kirk Whalum post, as for switching to Tenor, I did not very long ago and hardly touch the Alto now. The tenor is far easier to blow, it just takes a little more diaphram volume to get the low notes out and looser lips . Maybe if you know someone who has one they may let you give it a try.
..but which is better? There's only one way to find out...
(That's a Harry Hill reference, for those of you unfortunate enough to have not seen him).
I'm currently learning both. Mostly concentrating on tenor, as that's what I play on the band I'm in, but try to do two or three days a week on alto. I find the transition from alto to tenor much easier than the other way round, as my alto set up gives my chops more of a work-out (tighter embouchure). I struggle a bit when I start back on the alto, but still love it for it's "perkiness". Wouldn't want to give up on either, but I suppose it's partly a question of how much time you've got (usually 1-2hrs a day for me).
Kirk Whalum is one of my favourite tenor players, his sound is so meaningful and soulful it gives me goosebumps. Found this lesson on Youtube a while ago, and it made me realise one thing...I've a lot or practice in front of me to even get anywhere near to be able to do what he is talking about One day my idea is if I get good enough on tenor I'd love to play Alto too.
Good find that you tube....the most amazing thing for me is that he is doing that without reading anything....it's all ears and feeling , he really knows what he's doing , yes 37 years and allot of talent and the right brain set, and determination is what it takes , but as he says always keep pushing yourself to improve....I really get a sense of how much fun practising seems to be for him!
Thanks for posting.
Just to join in on the Alto/Tenor debate, I love Alto and Soprano, I've tried tenors, for me they feel to heavy, hard to blow and cumbersome, but yeah I love the sound, I don't think its lack of wind capacity, though I haven't spent any time on them, just trying them out in a Shop, even top line one's did nothing for me!
I'm going to see the man live tommorow night can't wait, he's playing in a small theatre (400 seater) so it will be an intimate performance, he will be with soul/gospel singer John Stoddart. http://www.liverpoollighthouse.com/grammy-award-winner-kirk-whalum-and-john-stoddart/
I only seen the flyer last week and thought the tickets would be sold out, so was very very pleased to get 2 tickets
Very much looking forward to it