Sax is associated with jazz but I like to play classical what do others do? (going to try a poll here)
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Depends on the mood. I like to play big band, blues and classical mainly. I like to play jazz from the dots and would improvise more if I had the talent for it. I do like rock 'n roll but think it's more suited to tenor than alto, and I don't much like playing tenor
Agree wholeheartedly - seen Bellowhead twice - love the horns!I give huge respect to anyone who brings horns into new areas - check out Bellowhead with their traditional folk songs played with a 4-piece horn section. Saw them a few weeks ago - absolutely, freekin, awesome, must-see band!!
I think it is important to play music that challenges you (technically, not aurally - I wouldn't suggest a practice regime of Stockhausen unless you are a real fan!). I get easily bored with the usual scales and exercises and that's why I got into Choro music - fast, relentless and demands the use of all the alternative fingerings, but still tuneful and quite jolly, so good fun to play. To be honest, I don't think I could sit and listen attentively to more than about 30 minutes of it though. I do quite a lot of classical as well - a lot of Bach flute and cello sonatas work well on sax, and they are great at developing precision in timing and control.I must say that when I put the poll up I suddenly had a mental block as to what types and styles of music I should add to the list and I realise today that 'other' is obviously going to be the biggest group as there is such a wide range of music out there. I have to say I would probably never have put Braziilian music in as a category, now that IS an obscure and specific genre. I suppose I was being a bit biased because I am great fan of playing classical music and love to make the low notes on my tenor sound like a cello, the upper notes like a violin and overall like a french horn -- sometimes I like it to sound like a saxohone!
Of 'the others' it does seem that the biggest groups are rock (and roll) and blues, perhaps more so than jazz but then jazz has so many subdivisions.
The important thing is that we play saxophone and each his or her own.
Oh, apart from 'free jazz', no one should 'play' that unless you want to outplay a randy tomcat!