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Hi all
My sax has arrived and I have started to blow. Got a few distive notes so I am quite happy having only started for four days now, just not enough time in the day. Now for the question. I have some simple music books teach yourself keyboard you know the type of thing, simple chord structure and simple notation.

I know the chords are concert pitch and so is the melody is there anything I have to do to make it sound right or can I just play the melody as written. For instance, the first couple of bars of Help me make it through the night are as follows:
Chords Bar 1 G Bar 2 G Bar 3 G while the melody is shown as
GB-CBAB-D- etc do I need to transpose this for alto or can I just play it as written and it will sound right. (I do realise that when I play B (alto) that is concert D)

Your help will appriciated.

Regards to all

Yep, but get a sax book - they work though the instrument, gradually introducing new things, at a pace you can control yourself. Some even have accompanying tune books, with tunes for that level, much nicer than the exercise pieces, which tend to be rather boring.

I found the CD that accompanied my book really helpful. But... The pace was too fast, so I take a piece, play it to the metronome set on a slow beat, then once I'm confortable there, gradually increase the speed until I can play it at the same speed as the CD. Gettingt he fingers to move accurately and quickly takes a lot of practice. And just as it starts to become automatic, in my case, brain and fingers disengage.....

Similar threads... or are they? Maybe not but they could be worth reading anyway 😀

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