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SPENCERA

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Im a tenor saxophone beginer, I've only had the sax for three days and was able to blow a sound the first try. I also seem to be able to go up and down the scale with not much of a problem. Im 61 years old and have never played saxophone although I can play and tune guitars and also play a little organ, and this is all and only by ear. I would like to teach myself if possible to play the saxophone and read music. Could anyone head me in the right direction possibly and hopefully the internet. I don't know really what notes im playing on the sax but can put songs together by ear. Im not in any way trying to go fast with the learning process, I would just like to learn and play and read music the right way. I would appreciate any advice for this old timer thats young at heart. Thanks, Spencer:welldone
 

Sunray

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On-Line Music Theory ...

This should get you started mate ... [Link] ;}

Here is an Alternative [Link]

This is useful for learning Scales [Link]

 
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kevgermany

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Spencer, good stuff above. A fingering chart will help a lot: http://www.wfg.woodwind.org/sax/

One other thing. Saxes are transposing instruments. So playing a C according to the fingering chart gives you the note that the sax is in. Altos are Eb, Tenors Bb... Sopranos mostly Bb, but there are quite a few C sopranos around now. Net result is that you need to get music written or transposed for your sax, or learn to transpose it yourself.
 

piper

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Re: On-Line Music Theory ...

I have looked at the links and found them helpful thank you.
 

Thaumaturge

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Spencer,

I was about the same age when I started. My advice is don't struggle on your own - find a good teacher and when you can read a bit join a wind band. Learning will be a lot quicker and more fun.

regards,
Colin
 

saxyman

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Hi Spencer,
You have not said what part of the country you come from, may be helpful if you did as there are lots of players who can assist.
 
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