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chadders

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I have played in a saxophone quartet for the first time ever tonight!!!
4 altos, and all around the same level - 1 to 2 years experience

We played Oh when the saints, Blue Moon and Down by the riverside.

Timings where a bit iffy now and again and my reed decided to squeel when I was doing the lead on Blue moon but other than that it was great fun.

meeting again next thursday for another bash and I cant wait....

Chad
 

Sue

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I love 4tet playing - some great arrangements out there. Haven't played in a quartet for ages - you have just whet my appetite for it again - thank you!
 

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Chadders, that's brilliant! I finally managed to get a decent quartet together last Autumn, A/A/T/B and we managed to perform a couple of pieces at the band's concert - Sentimental Journey and Dona Nobis Pacem (worth trying, that one, and not too difficult either - free download here - it's for trio, but we doubled up the top part and transposed the middle part to tenor). We've been asked to perform again at a forthcoming charity concert. Loads of fun and we've got some great arrangements lined up for next time.

Have you got a name? We had to do an informal audition for the first concert and someone said it was like being on the X-Factor, so now we call ourselves The Sax Factor.
I bet you a weeks wages this was not the reed but nerves causing your left hand to touch the palm key.

It happens to me all the time during solos. I hate it!!!!!
Oh, so it's not just me then?
:sax::sax::sax::sax:
 
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Moz

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I have played in a saxophone quartet for the first time ever tonight!!!
4 altos, and all around the same level - 1 to 2 years experience

We played Oh when the saints, Blue Moon and Down by the riverside.

Timings where a bit iffy now and again and my reed decided to squeel when I was doing the lead on Blue moon but other than that it was great fun.

meeting again next thursday for another bash and I cant wait....

Chad
I love sax quartets as playing in one was my first exposure to playing with people other than my teacher. Since then I have played in groups of two, three, four, six and an entire sax orchestra of about 40 people (marvellous sound, so rich). At the moment I am just about finished composing a classical piece in five short movements for sax quartet. While I love the richness of many saxophones I like the counterpoint used in classical sax quartets.

Good stuff, keep it up
 

Andante cantabile

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I agree that Dona nobis pacem[I is a great piece of music. It reminds me of my schooldays when we used to sing it as a canon. In fact, I got it the other day myself and played it a few times. I am sure that it would sound good in a wide range of combinations.
 

RedBottom

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I agree that Dona nobis pacem[I is a great piece of music. It reminds me of my schooldays when we used to sing it as a canon. In fact, I got it the other day myself and played it a few times. I am sure that it would sound good in a wide range of combinations.
One of our gang is a music teacher and wrote a bit of a descant into my alto part, so that towards the end the lead split into two - sounded good.

We made a start on Happy Days this evening. It has promise.
 
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