I agree entirely with Allansto.If you really have your heart set on playing the soprano sax and for what ever reason you love this instrument,
and you are prepared to give it a try then dont let ANYBODY suggest you learn something else first.
Thats the biggest load of crap Ive ever heard.
You learn what you love .
Easier than playing bassoon.
Don't think it will be particularly difficult just might feel odd. I tried a tenor which I found really cumbersome after the sop and an alto which felt too constrained. Odd I know but the advice I was given was to put the sop away for three weeks or so whilst I got used to another sax.
Not as cumbersome as starting on as bass ... I agree with all above, if you love the instrument, then you'll want to play it. I've only been playing a couple of months and I look forward to every moment practicing (and do I need practice). To me, switching to bari is a dawdle
Interesting, Kevin, as I feel I have the same problem with my Tenor.On switching between the instruments: The size issue is minor, you soon get used to it. When I play alto and no tenor, going back to tenor, even after a week, the tenor feels huge for a day or two. Embouchure's different, so you have to re-adjust. What's more confusing is the different pitch. There seems to be a link in my head to note, fingering. And switching between Eb and Bb really messes me around. I've just got a soprano, and although the embouchure is really different, it doesn't put me off when I play it after tenor, whereas alto does.
For me one of the main concerns with soprano is that the quality of the mouthpiece (precision etc.) will have an effect on the sound. I would therefore recommend getting one which is custom made/hand made, or from a brand that is known for consistency. Ed Pillinger and Morgan Fry in the UK are two such people - I use Joe Giardullo (Soprano Planet in the US) who produces the highest quality pieces to order. The larger the sax, the more forgiving the sound, seems to be the rationale - hence Tenor is easier than Alto.I am starting saxophone lessons soon and I really want to play soprano but lots of people have warned me against this. Do you agree and why? Also if you don't, is starting on baritone any better? I have been playing bassoon for 6 years if this helps any.
You sound just like my mother - it's Kev. ;}Interesting, Kevin, as I feel I have the same problem with my Tenor.
I started an alto and after 2 years added the Bari to my collection. I have no problem switching between the two, after a few seconds, the embouchure is happy and I am fine; but whenever I play my tenor, it just doesn't sound right to me. I can play it fine, and others say it sounds good, and if I record it and listen back it sounds good, but I think, like you, my head is expecting a different pitch from what is produced because I am tuned to the Eflat instruments.
I'm sure with time I'll adjust.