I got a soprano sax and have no idea how to play it... help
 

I got a soprano sax and have no idea how to play it... help

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I got a soprano sax and have no idea how to play it... help    10:02 on Saturday, February 01, 2003 Vote for this post Vote against this post 0 votes
(Dave)
Okay, after expressing an interest several times my parnets suprised me with a soprano sax yeaterday, a nice suprise. The Problem is i have had no sax instruction (i play oboe, bassoon, and guitar) and really dont know where to begin... Actually if someone could just tell me what key its in and where to get some fingerings i would really, really appreciate it. I am also looking for instruction books for beginners, my brother plays alto and the fingerings appear to be the same but the key is different... then again playing the oboe in concert key has removed any conception of "key" that i would have had normally. Well, anyway, some help about this really really cool looking metal instrument would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

-Dave

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Re: I got a soprano sax and have no idea how to play it... help    20:51 on Saturday, February 01, 2003 Vote for this post Vote against this post 0 votes
(Malana)
Lucky you, I`ve been trying 2 convince my parents 2 buy me a soprano 4 ages, I play clarinet and they reckon I should just focus on that... anyway...

Most soprano saxes are in the key of Bb, so a C on it will be the same as a Bb on a piano. The fingerings are mostly the same as on Alto, and tenor and baritone as well. Just a few different keys, like F# on some altos, but that shouldn`t matter.
When I was looking for a book to start, I chose the "Learn as you play" saxophone book, mostly because it is one book 2 suit all saxes, and then the accompaniment book is different for different saxes.

I hope that helps. Just remember, a good teacher will always help, especially with the technique in playing

... Malana ...

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Re: I got a soprano sax and have no idea how to play it... help    00:36 on Monday, February 03, 2003 Vote for this post Vote against this post 0 votes
(Silscio)
I found that a good way to get a grounding and learn how to wrap my fingers around the keys is to go online and get a fingering chart, and print it out. After you learn what the notes are, it just gets easier, as I`m sure you know from playing the other instruments. The fingers are very similar to the upper fingerings on a clarinet, if that helps at all.

Silscio

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Re: I got a soprano sax and have no idea how to play it... help    11:04 on Tuesday, February 04, 2003 Vote for this post Vote against this post 0 votes
(Dave)
Thanks for the help... I have been looking for soprano sax fingering charts but all the charts I have found are for all saxes and I was under the impression that they are in different keys... If this is the case then im still in the same position as I was before...

-Dave

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Re: I got a soprano sax and have no idea how to play it... help    11:55 on Tuesday, February 04, 2003 Vote for this post Vote against this post 0 votes
(Josh M)
The fingering is the same. Different key means a C on an alto will not same as a C on a soprano. However, the fingering is generally the same, so your book on "all" saxes will work.
Good Luck

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Re: I got a soprano sax and have no idea how to play it... help    18:25 on Friday, February 07, 2003 Vote for this post Vote against this post 0 votes
(Dave McQUown)
thanks a lot for all the help... i downloaded fingering charts and ralized that all the fingerings are very very similar as to those on oboe

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Re: I got a soprano sax and have no idea how to play it... help    18:50 on Wednesday, March 05, 2003 Vote for this post Vote against this post 0 votes
(Dan Holbrook)
Yeah, I managed to get one out of my parents a year ago. I`ve played every sax except for a Tenor so far...

Finding free sheet music online for the soprano is pretty tough... Still, I love playing it. I think it has the best sound out of all the saxes...

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Re: I got a soprano sax and have no idea how to play it... help    18:08 on Wednesday, April 16, 2003 Vote for this post Vote against this post 0 votes
(Nitz)
I am Alto player, and i want switch to Soprano Sax. I would wish to get a website about the finger charts.

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Re: I got a soprano sax and have no idea how to play it... help    06:51 on Tuesday, May 20, 2003 Vote for this post Vote against this post 0 votes
(ebony)
hey ebb it is me i gess u think this is wired but i dont even no wat i am doin so just try your best

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Re: I got a soprano sax and have no idea how to play it... help    23:10 on Monday, June 02, 2003 Vote for this post Vote against this post 0 votes
(Moogle)
If you need a fingering chart http://www.wfg.woodwind.org/sax_fing.html
Not the best one, but the best I could do for a quick search on vivisimo(search engine better than google I think) -Moogle

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Re: I got a soprano sax and have no idea how to play it... help    00:25 on Monday, July 14, 2003 Vote for this post Vote against this post 0 votes
(Rachel)
Well, first off...even though the fingerings for the soprano are the same as the other saxes you actually have to train your mouth to be able to stand the very small mouthpiece and reed...but I guess you already have that covered. I got my soprano about a year ago (I already play the alto) and I still have the most difficulties with the high notes. Just keep working at it and it will all be okay. You should be able to catch on with the notes. Shameless plug time...I am in the Coon Rapids Marching Cardinals from Minnesota and we have an awesome show and I actually have two soprano solos...Yeah for me! Good luck with your soprano...I love mine!

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Re: I got a soprano sax and have no idea how to play it... help    18:22 on Monday, November 17, 2003 Vote for this post Vote against this post 0 votes
(Linda Thompson)
hi, I just got a sop. sax and when I blow in it all I get is the same sounding key no matter what key I press. It is all new to me. I am talking about the white keys, I havent` figured out any of the side keys or the thumb key yet. HELP, please give me a general idea how I can get some tune out of it. I play a recorder and flute. I have never played a reed instrument yet

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Re: I got a soprano sax and have no idea how to play it... help    22:34 on Monday, November 17, 2003 Vote for this post Vote against this post 0 votes
(charles)
Go to http://www.saxshed.com/ they have any and all information reference scales and any thing else you need to play any saxophone. excellent site print yourself a copy and pit it in a binder makes excellent teaching material.

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Re: I got a soprano sax and have no idea how to play it... help    20:16 on Tuesday, November 18, 2003 Vote for this post Vote against this post 0 votes
(________)
Hey, I play clarinet, and I want to play bassoon. My band director is bringing one for me to play, but I was wondering if any of you could kinda give me an idea how to play?

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Re: I got a soprano sax and have no idea how to play it... help    17:05 on Friday, April 15, 2005 Vote for this post Vote against this post 0 votes
(amy)
my band is kindof weird... we dont have many of the more "uncommon" instruments (contrabass, bassoon, soprano sax)... what do sopranos sound like? i play oboe and alto sax, and i think it`d be cool to play a soprano sax

   





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