#1
I've recently been thinking about buying myself a Tenor Saxophone and teaching myself to play [using the internet as much as possible].
After all, who wouldn't like to play this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p_ywkpVJ624

Anyway, I've read around the internet for advice, but I'll still ask here.

Learning the sax would be great in helping me improve my theory. It can help with ear training, sight reading and it forces me to not rely on fretboard patterns to play solos and melodies. These are things I really want to improve, and this seems like a fun way to do that.
I also love the sound of a tenor sax doing wonderful slow/mid tempo jazz songs as shown above [as well as the faster ones ], which the guitar can't really do as good as a sax can [IMHO].

But, is it a good idea, or am I taking on something bigger then I expect?
I've seen a lot of guides and videos that give me confidence that I can learn to play, but just to be sure, do you guys think it will work? I mean, this seems like a good series of videos: http://www.ehow.com/video_2374850_hold-tenor-saxophone.html

So, will it be feasible? Or am I trying to do something which is much harder then I'm thinking it will be?

I have no way to rent one to try one out, but I can buy a cheap-ish one, although it still costs a bit: http://www.thomann.de/gb/startone_sts75_tenorsaxophon.htm [Also, would this be a good one to buy, but it doesn't matter too much].

Is it also too loud and heavy for a beginner? I'll be playing at sensible times, and possibly trying my best to find ways to reduce noise for others.

TL;DR: Go read the whole thing . To cut it short, is a good idea for me to learn tenor sax?
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#2
You'll sound like crap for awhile, but as long as you're not ungodly loud then family/neighbors/etc. won't mind. Sax is the easiest wind instrument to learn. It'll take you awhile to get to where you can play actually jazz well though.

I say go for it! Sax is awesome!
#3
Quote by lt22
You'll sound like crap for awhile, but as long as you're not ungodly loud then family/neighbors/etc. won't mind. Sax is the easiest wind instrument to learn. It'll take you awhile to get to where you can play actually jazz well though.

I say go for it! Sax is awesome!


Cool, sounds great.
I intend on just learning songs with the 'easier' melody lines.
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#4
TL;DR but,



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Edit: Read it, definitely go for it, worst that can happen is you tried right?
Last edited by GettintheLedout at Aug 22, 2010,
#5
Quote by lt22
Sax is the easiest wind instrument to learn.


i wouldnt say the easiest wind instrument
trombone was pretty dam easy
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#7
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i wouldnt say the easiest wind instrument
trombone was pretty dam easy

Trombone is brass.

Yeah, Saxophone is easy to learn, but it'll take a while to develop your tone. If you're dedicated, I say go for it. I've been playing for 4 years now, I don't regret it. Just prepare to have some sort lips for a while
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#8
I used to play saxophone like 6 years back.
Back then i hated it, now i love it. Although then i didn't have an intrest for saxophone-related music.
It's generally adviced that you begin with an alto-saxophone (if i remember correctly)

Also, that thomann sax is most likely unplayable.
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#9
Tenor Sax is one of the easiest wind instruments to learn on. Get lessons if you can to improve tone and technique. I started last year and I really recommend it.
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#10
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Quote by nedthehead
Trombone is brass.

Yeah, Saxophone is easy to learn, but it'll take a while to develop your tone. If you're dedicated, I say go for it. I've been playing for 4 years now, I don't regret it. Just prepare to have some sort lips for a while

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Tenor Sax is one of the easiest wind instruments to learn on. Get lessons if you can to improve tone and technique. I started last year and I really recommend it.



Alright, I'm definitely going to do it now.
I'm around £40 short before I can buy the sax, and that's before I buy the new PG album. But I'll definitely buy a tenor sax ASAP.

Thanks everyone!

Quote by Zox
I used to play saxophone like 6 years back.
Back then i hated it, now i love it. Although then i didn't have an intrest for saxophone-related music.
It's generally adviced that you begin with an alto-saxophone (if i remember correctly)

Also, that thomann sax is most likely unplayable.


Any good recommendations that are as cheap?
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#12
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Any good recommendations that are as cheap?


Sorry, it's been a long time since i last picked up a saxophone.

I do remember that every cheap sax i've ever played was terrible.
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#13
I've been playing trombone in school for years. I recomend hiring a tutor at least to teach you the basics if the only other instrument you know is guitar. Go to a local music store and take lessons, you'll be thankful you did. Unless you have previous experience with wind instruments, then you should be ok.
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Any good recommendations that are as cheap?


Yamaha student levels would be good. Yamaha is generally a safe bet.
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I've been playing trombone in school for years. I recomend hiring a tutor at least to teach you the basics if the only other instrument you know is guitar. Go to a local music store and take lessons, you'll be thankful you did. Unless you have previous experience with wind instruments, then you should be ok.


Definitely take some lessons.

Yamaha is a good bet for a starter sax. My alto is a Buffet, I believe, and it plays great. So you might want to check that brand out as well.
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#17
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Yamaha student levels would be good. Yamaha is generally a safe bet.


But it seems to be around £800-£900!!
I haven't even bought any guitar equipment for that much.

I think I'll buy this one instead of the other one I showed:
http://www.thomann.de/gb/thomann_tts150.htm

Mainly because that Thomann branded saxophones seem to be better quality then others, and they have quite a range:
http://www.thomann.de/gb/thomann_tenor_saxophones.html
Apparently Thomann specialise in making their own saxes.
And it's the only choice I have.
I do have 30 days to send it back if I don't like it, and there is a 3 year warranty, so it's the only choice for me ATM.

Or I can look at this: http://www.saxontheweb.net/vbulletin/showthread.php?42508-Anyone-played-a-Hanson-sax
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Guitar:
- Ibanez S670FM w/ JB
- Fender 'Lite Ash' Stratocaster
- Fender '72 Deluxe Telecaster
- Arbiter LP Jr. Doublecut
Amp:
- Laney VC15

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Last edited by Simsimius at Aug 22, 2010,
#19
Do it. I played a little bit of tenor sax in HS and loved the sound, I've been kind of looking for one for myself, but they're mostly out of my price range.
#20
Sax is the easiest to make a note on, but one of the hardest to master in terms of tone, articulation, etc. Well at least that's what I hear from music/band teachers and saxophone instructors. I play alto, and when you just start your tone will inevitably sound like crap due to lack of strength in your facial muscles that are used in your embouchure. Take it a little easy at first (your lips will burn, but your embouchure is getting stronger). Also if you have never played a wind instrument before, I suggest breathing exercises.