It is a very easy instrument to make a sound on, the fingering system is logical. That being said my favorite quote from a saxophonist Jean-Marie Londeix "The saxophone is the easist instrument to play...badly". It takes many years to get a good sound (alot of longtones), and alot of time to get intonation correct.
So yes playing it is easy but sounding good, that is another story.
i think any instrument has its easy and hard parts about it.
for sax, fingerings are, yes, pretty logical, but when your pinkies get included you need to build up strength there, and sound and all that jazz. oh, major pun.
anyhow, i agree with that quote.
i know sooooooooooooo many bad sax players that its not even funny.
anyhow theres my 2 cents.
i could agree that sax is pretty easy. I'm pretty sure almost anyone would agree that woodwinds are easier to play than brass. Almost everyone says that clarinet is harder than sax, but as someone who plays clarinet and tenor sax, i personally think that clarinet is easier just because on sax its really hard to get out the low notes with out jumping to the upper octave. So obviously its all on preference, and you should pick an instrument that you like.
In my opinion, the saxophone is one of the easier instruments to learn the basics of (such as the fingering system, embouchoure, etc.) but it takes a while to get it to produce a good sound that is in tune. I learned the saxophone quickly but then again, I learned the Clarinet quickly too
I've also heard the sax is one of the easiest instruments to learn. When I was first going to start to play an instrument, the guy at the music store told me that the sax and the flute were easier to learn for beginners.
I guess the sax is one of the easiest instruments to "pick-up" (not that I've played a whole lot of instruments), but like any other instrument, the more you play it and the better you get, it's going to get harder because you will learn new techniques and play harder pieces...
I think that it is a lot easier if you play another instrument before hand. Going from clarinet to it is very easy. Going from nothing to starting it is apparently quite easy but getting a good sound is a fair bit harder.
I play bassoon for concert band and i wanted to join the marching band and it was a confusing situation but i had to learn sax in about 2-3 months........ not near as hard as bassoon fingering wise........ of course i myself haven't learned all the notes all the scales and when it gets to the harder rhythms it takes me a while before i can play it perfectly...... but for playing since may i think i'm doing really well.
I've heard it's an easy instrument to learn but a hard instrument to play. It's like learning how to play golf. Learning the basics of the game are pretty elementary but perfecting the game like a Tiger Woods takes skill, concentration, dedication, practice and the list goes on.
If you enjoy it and take up the challenge in the learning mode you will have great fun in expressing yourself and interacting with the audience and other musicians on the saxophone.
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adding on to what i said early... ive been playing for about a year and i just started to play the bari in mid- january and i thought for sure my directors would put me in the lowest band but i got into the middle band... i dont thinks its hard... but like the guy above me said it takes time to perfect... hope it helps!