So, are you a soprano, alto, tenor or baritone player?

Are you a soprano, alto, tenor or baritone player?

  • My main saxophone is: Soprano

    Votes: 4 6.3%
  • My main saxophone is: Alto

    Votes: 26 41.3%
  • My main saxophone is: Tenor

    Votes: 31 49.2%
  • My main saxophone is: Baritione

    Votes: 7 11.1%
  • My secondary saxophone is: Soprano

    Votes: 16 25.4%
  • My secondary saxophone is: Alto

    Votes: 11 17.5%
  • My secondary saxophone is: Tenor

    Votes: 9 14.3%
  • My secondary saxophone is: Baritione

    Votes: 6 9.5%

  • Total voters
    63

Chris98

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This was originally in the 'test section', I wanted to see how to do a poll but people seemed to be filling it out anyway so I thought I'd put it up properly.

So, which member of the sax family do you play?

All the best,

Chris
 

half diminished

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Good question Chris. That'd be tenor and soprano for me though beautiful as it is I have hardly blown the sop at all as the embouchure is so different to the tenor. Hopefully soon my chops will be strong enough for both as I am desparate to have a go at 'My Fav things' a la Coltrane! It just ain't the same on tenor!
 

Taz

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At the moment I are mainly playing my tenor with the new band. I play my alto when I'm bored, but I'm on the lookout for a Bari....oh their soooooo sexy!:mrcool
 

losaavedra

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Yes, I fidget a bit too at mention of the word 'play'!!! I do have an alto, I do introduce a certain amount of air into the sharp end while at the same time pressing some of those button thingies it has ... but 'play' is a bit strong (to describe what comes out). Darn good fun though!!!!
 

Nick Cook

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Play?
None but still trying.
Yes, I fidget a bit too at mention of the word 'play'!!! I do have an alto, I do introduce a certain amount of air into the sharp end while at the same time pressing some of those button thingies it has ... but 'play' is a bit strong (to describe what comes out). Darn good fun though!!!!
I know what you mean

I always describe myself more as a saxophone owner than a saxophone player

mamos
I think you're all too pessimistic. You probably play better than me, but I still say I PLAY the (alto) saxophone.

Come on - be a bit more positive!!!
 

c9off

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60% tenor 40% alto, sop sits in it's case (& if you heard me on it you'd know why!),

used to be mainly alto until I joined a concert band who had too many so switched me onto tenor...

geoff
 
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Chris98

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Play?
None but still trying.
Yes, I fidget a bit too at mention of the word 'play'!!! I do have an alto, I do introduce a certain amount of air into the sharp end while at the same time pressing some of those button thingies it has ... but 'play' is a bit strong (to describe what comes out). Darn good fun though!!!!
I know what you mean

I always describe myself more as a saxophone owner than a saxophone player

mamos
Hello good gentlemen,

I too would struggle to say that I 'play' in the traditional sense of the word, luckily for most of you, although not all of you, sorry Pee Dee & Steven Howard, you don't have to hear me.

So for the purposes of this poll I'm inclined to think of 'play' in the broadest sense of the word.

Which of your saxophone cases do you open most frequently?

All the best,

Chris
 

Mamos

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Isn't it amazing

More than double the amount of people play Tenor compared to alto but the vast majority of books and DVDs etc seen to be aimed at the alto player

I don't understand

mamos
 

half diminished

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Hello good gentlemen,

I too would struggle to say that I 'play' in the traditional sense of the word, luckily for most of you, although not all of you, sorry Pee Dee & Steven Howard, you don't have to hear me.

So for the purposes of this poll I'm inclined to think of 'play' in the broadest sense of the word.

Which of your saxophone cases do you open most frequently?

All the best,

Chris
Yes I took it in that sense. I'm not what you'd call a sax player yet (he says in hope) and definitely nowhere near a jazz musician! :w00t:
Isn't it amazing

More than double the amount of people play Tenor compared to alto but the vast majority of books and DVDs etc seen to be aimed at the alto player

I don't understand

mamos
Yeh, I was surprised to see that too. Tenor is best! Just wish I had more time to play on the sop!
 

Young Col

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Me too - hardly call myself a player. I think the reason there is more stuff for alto is that there's more turnover there than for tenors. More people start with alto, esp younger learners, as it's said to be the easiest of the family to learn and handle. Probably a lot drop out too but after they have bought the DVDs and books and realised it's not for them.

I've voted alto as my main and second. Given a choice I would have started on tenor, as most of my sax heros are tenor players, but there was an alto doing nothing in the house already so I thought I'd start on that and perhaps migrate in few years' time if I was any good. As it was I then got another alto, but the thought of a tenor sometime lurks just over the horizon.
 
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Chris98

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... but the thought of a tenor sometime lurks just over the horizon.
I know that feeling, I had it not that long ago and solved it by getting a tenor, the only problem is that lurking feeling has developed again, well people will keep going on about those Bauhaus-WALSTEIN Sopranos!
 

TomMapfumo

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Isn't it amazing

More than double the amount of people play Tenor compared to alto but the vast majority of books and DVDs etc seen to be aimed at the alto player

I don't understand

mamos
I think that most sax books are designed for younger folks, and most start off on alto. More decent ones, like Creative Saxophone, and Jazz Method for Saxophone, cater equally for both.

My sax habits are as follows: Alto 70%, Soprano 20%, Tenor 10%. I have primarily gone with sax as lead instument, but since starting Trombone I may well play Tenor Sax more, as a bass/supporting instrument.

Kind regards
Tom:cool:
 

Phil Edwards

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Alto all the way.

I have an old tenor that I bought as a repair project, thinking I might want to play it. But actually I've never done anything with it, as I haven't any interest in playing tenor (or S or B come to that).
 
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