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Some people here are saying that they begin on alto and move on to tenor as they progress. I absolutely love the alto and wouldn't even dream of 'moving on'. Anyone else feel like this?
 

Nick Wyver

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Do they keep getting bigger then as you "progress"? I should be on a contra bass by now.

If you want to play tenor why would you start with an alto?
 

dubrosa22

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I agree I started on alto and I think I'll, um... finish on alto! :cool:

Seriously though, I may buy a tenor one day but I picture it happening for years and years. I love alto! :D
 

kevgermany

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I started on tenor, got an alto after a while and didn't really enjoy the sound or the way it blows. I eventually found a mouthpiece that let it blow more like a tenor and didn't have the 'ducky' alto sound. Now I enjoy both equally.
 

johnboy

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Some people here are saying that they begin on alto and move on to tenor as they progress. I absolutely love the alto and wouldn't even dream of 'moving on'. Anyone else feel like this?
Perhaps it's all a question of G.A.S. or a ladies thing. >:)
For me it was "Rock 'n Roll", when the sax had to be a tenor (I have three of them)!!!!!

John:);}
 
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trimmy

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I'd eventually like to play the tenor or even soprano but i must master the alto 1st, master is probably the wrong word ermmm.... learn the alto :)
 

Jules

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tenor every time for me (with occasional soprano. I've got decent alto but have never felt I can get the variety of tones that I like or, to be honest, found a basic tone that's really 'me'
 

old git

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Jules,
I have always imagined you as an exceptionally cool Paul Desmond type.
 

Gallen

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For me, (in my dreams) I'd play the soprano as well. In reality, I do own a soprano, but found that I don't get along with it very well :( But to be fair, at the moment, I prefer to focus time on my alto, theory and keys.
 

ArtyLady

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Both for me! love them both in different ways - just like my two children! ;} I use them both for different numbers in the band, you just can't play Baker Street on the Tenor or Peter Gunn on the Alto - it just wouldn't work! >:) :thumb:
 

Jeanette

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I love my soprano but would like to try tenor at some point but think I should probably wait until I have a learnt a bit more on the sop.

Jx
 

BigMartin

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I haven't been able to resist dabbling in everything from baritone to sopranino. I think the alto may possibly be my favourite but it's the one I get to play the least outside the house as there are just too many alto players at my level (ie not very good---yet). So I tend not to practice it that much either.
 

johnboy

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I haven't been able to resist dabbling in everything from baritone to sopranino. I think the alto may possibly be my favourite but it's the one I get to play the least outside the house as there are just too many alto players at my level (ie not very good---yet). So I tend not to practice it that much either.
Just get the subtones going on that new bari, you'll love it ;}

John :);}
 

BigMartin

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Just get the subtones going on that new bari, you'll love it ;}

John :);}
Oh, I'm not complaining, by any means. I love 'em all. I just have the feeling that if I had to choose one to specialise in, and competition wasn't an issue, it would probably be the alto.
 

MandyH

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I started on an alto, which I still love to play.
I had never planned to move on to anything, but an instrument and an opening came up together, so I got my bari.

Whenever I see adverts on here for other saxes, I think "yes", then "no".

Part of me would love to try all 4 common saxes (sop, alto tenor, bari) and part of me recognises that I am already feeling guilty of dedicating more time to the bari than the alto.

I think it's a case of whatever takes your fancy and how much time you'd like to spend doing it.
 

gladsaxisme

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For me I think I'm involved in a pasionate love affair with the alto and all others are just a passing fancy,I have a sop, nino, and a few tenors but ufortunately the tenor just doesn't do it for me I have no idea why because I love the sound when others play but my playing it leaves me cold,quite like playig about with the sop but unfortunately it's not a very good one and leaves a lot to be desired,I have an unresolved desire for a bari and will have to see how that pans out....john

ps may be giving you a knock Martin
 

Tenor Viol

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For some of us, our tastes and interests evolve over time. Some of us like to dabble in a lot of areas, others prefer to be competent in one area and don't wish to try anything else. It's personal taste.

12 months ago I didn't expect to be the owner of an alto sax and a cello....
 

Mike

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I actually started on clarinet, then went to bass clarinet, then to alto for a couple of years and finally to tenor.
My grandson putz's around on my alto which needs extreme work done on it.
What amazed me was the very first time he played it, while sitting down, as he started to blow some extremely dissonant sounds out of it, he tapped his foot in a very logical rhythm. I was impressed!

So, in the future if he takes up the saxophone, he could honestly say that he started on alto!
 
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