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I keep running into people that play this most difficult of insturments, and as I did play this, including a brief time in the symphonic band ad michigan state I sometimes wonder how many of you are sax players...
PS - One child also played and was in Don Sinta's Studio...
Lurking on tRCMB since 1996
Cool...Alto was what I played but in term of where the talent was it should have been tenor...played both in the MSU bands and once played bari and counter bass clarinet in a lower level band....
Ich bin ein tenor player.
Alto player since age 11, 4 years in the SMB.
Still play occasionally. Need to find a group to play with to get some motivation back out here - I was pretty close to majoring in music but I mostly play guitar and sing now. If any of you head back for alumni band, I'll see you there.
I was never brave enough for AB...it could be fun though...
I was a squad member in the scad that had the first female SMB member if that means anything...by the time I was recuited in SB the band was coed...
BTW BOG was a sax band member...
I don't understand any of your acronyms except btw...
AB - Allumni Band
SMB - Spartan Marching Band
SB - Spartan Brass (pep band at bball in the 70's)
BOG - BillofGoods - sometimes RMCB poster - likes hockey...knows who "Don" and "Joe" are...aka Don & Joe are the Saxophone Professors at UofM and MSU...Don is likely the best sax teacher in the world and Joe is a top level teacher...likely top 10 in the world...
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Why would anyone play a sax? Lame
Because we love to blow wood?
Well actually the Saxaphone is considered the hardest thing to play proficiently of all the musical insturments...the trumpet is next and don't get sax and trumpet players in a discussion of this...the sax's problem is that it is easy to play poorly..and impossible to play well...
No, no it's not the most difficult instrument to play proficiently. Neither is trumpet. I think the bassoonists and french horn players of the world would have problems with your statement.
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Absolutely correct. And add the oboe to your list. Good trumpet players are a dime a dozen and sax is not that hard to play well.
Well I do think you have ever heard a Sax palyed well and the only difficulty with the F-horn is the size of the mouth piece...a double reed like the basson or obao is all about the reed...not much more than that...
Alto Sax here as well. Probably could have been good enough to play at the college level but didn't want to devote that much time. Wish I still had my old one around just to mess around and play some songs on.
A man's gotta eat!
The size of the mouthpiece, the size of the leadpipe, the fact that the partials are so fucking close together, the fact that if your right hand isn't positioned perfectly, you'll be out of tune, etc.
With the bassoon, your thumb controls about 87 different keys. No issues there, right?
Source: I teach music.
I currently play the trumpet, but want to learn saxaphone. I prefer tenor, but what would be more advantagous to play? Tenor or Alto?
If you can play one, you can play them all. Seriously. The only real difference is the size of the mouthpiece/reed. Any sax player worth their salt will be able to play SATB with ease.
So do you teach your students that 4 1/4 octaves of the saxophone...it seem unlikely as most high school sax players think the range ends at high f or high f# if they have a professional model...
Alto usually has the better parts. But tenor sounds more ballsy.
Tenor in middle school. I was bad and LOUD
I think mastering an embouchre on a trumpet is one of the more difficult things to do
Well said. I played in the Symphony Band and Wind Ensembles for 4 years at MSU and have played in community bands since and the sections that always lack good players are always the double reeds and french horns. Good saxophone players are easy to find. It's not a hard instrument to play as you know.
Please share your credentials that allow you to say sax is not hard to play well.
I teach middle school. Rather than worrying about the altissimo register, I focus on having my sax players develop a good characteristic sound, solid embouchures, and a good sense of rhythm. Sax fingerings (heh) are pretty intuitive, so they don't have many issues with technique. My saxophone students are a point of pride. When they're ready to start really heading into the palm keys and upper registers, they've already got a good understand of what they need to do to make the instrument sound good.
I agree with what you said earlier about it being very easy to sound bad on a saxophone, but as long as a sax player has a teacher who has a decent understanding of the instrument, they'll be in good shape. I'm a trombonist by trade, but I can decently double on the alto.
I agree that most sax music you would find at that level is easy...it is the higher level that I am addressing...the sax is a problem because along with the fact that teh publiched registor is only about 1/2 the expected register at the professional level the voice required ranges from the Guy Labardo surrup to the roughness of a stripper club...most instrements do not have this range of voice...
At the professional level it is harder to find top level saxes due to the difficulty than for f-horns or double reeds...
edit - and by professional I mean classical, not jazz...
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