Tempted by tenor

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  1. Orillion

    Orillion New Member

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    Evening All,

    I've just joined the forum, so I'm saying hello. I've been playing the flute for just over two years now. It's going reasonably well, so I'm thinking about broadening out into the world of the saxophone.

    Most types of music appeal to me, but mostly I enjoy classical.

    At the moment, I'm just getting a feel for things - I don't own an instrument yet. I prefer a mellow sound, especially in the tenor range.

    All the best,

    Orillion
     
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  2. nigeld

    nigeld slow learner

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    Welcome to the forum.

    Tenors are great! But it's worth trying out both tenor and alto just in case.

    An alternative to buying an instrument straight away is to hire one for a while. Usually you will be able to put the hiring cost towards the cost of buying it later if you want to keep it.

    It's worth finding a teacher from the start. They may be able to help you find an instrument.
     
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  3. Jeanette

    Jeanette Organizress Cafe Moderator

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    Welcome to the café, try as many as you can and don't ignore soprano :)

    Jx
     
  4. Justin Chune

    Justin Chune Well-Known Member

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    A warm welcome to the cafe. Tenors are great. I use a Neotech sling and never feel the weight.
     
  5. trimmy

    trimmy One day i will...

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    Welcome to the Cafe Orillion :)
     
  6. kevgermany

    kevgermany ex Landrover Nut Cafe Moderator

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    Big welcome from me. Tenor's my favourite. Worth trying others, but if it's tenor that sound best to you, go for it. Have fun here.
     
  7. SaxoFREAK

    SaxoFREAK saX on the bEaCH..

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    Big welcome from me, have fun around the forum and enjoy your stay..;)
     
  8. tenorviol

    tenorviol Full of frets in North Shropshire

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    I started on alto, but mostly play tenor. People vary as to what they need/prefer to support a sax - I use a Jazzlab sax holder, as the standard type of sling puts too much pressure on the nape of my neck with a tenor. Alto is fine though.
    Hiring short term and a teacher would be good options.
     
  9. saxyjt

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    There are many flute and saxophone doublers I hear. Start with tenor if that's what attracts you. It's so easy to expand later if you like...

    Welcome here and enjoy both the café and the saxophone!
     
  10. BigMartin

    BigMartin Well-Known Member

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    I'm not that much into classical sax, but there seems to be more solo repertoire for alto (and possibly soprano) than there is for tenor. That might be a factor in your choice. But if you're like most of us here, you'll end up with at least four sizes of sax anyway.
     
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  11. saxyjt

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    One of the best things I learned since I started to play sax is to use Musescore to copy scores and transcribe in Eb or Bb as required. My sax teacher now uses me on a regular basis to make ad hoc scores for ensemble, duos or other transcriptions that she needs.

    I recommend Musescore as a rather capable (and free) alternative to (professional but expensive) software like finale. Another advantage for some is that its available on Linux as well as Mac and Windows. They even have ipad/iphone and android readers that enable you to practice at tempo following the dots.
     
  12. Orillion

    Orillion New Member

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    I'd like to thank everyone for the friendly welcome. Not all forums are as accommodating.
     
  13. Ivan

    Ivan Undecided

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    It won't last....

    In the meantime, Welcome

    If it's tenor you fancy, it's tenor you should play
     
  14. Orillion

    Orillion New Member

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    Update.

    I have taken the plunge, and I'm now the owner of a Yamaha YTS-280. First attempts have been reasonably encouraging, and I can now manage some basic one-octave scales. My tone seems OK, at least compared with my efforts on the flute!
     
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  15. garrobito

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    Go for it!
    ..avoid temptation to get 2 at same time... ;)
     
  16. kevgermany

    kevgermany ex Landrover Nut Cafe Moderator

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    Yes, buy another two.
     
  17. nigeld

    nigeld slow learner

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    In my view, it's worth taking things steadily and waiting a month or two before buying your second sax.
     
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