Transition to sax...?

Transition to sax...?

    
Transition to sax...?    17:46 on Sunday, March 4, 2007          

alu688
(9 points)
Posted by alu688

Hi everyone! I usually post in the flute forums because I'm a flutist, but I have a question for you sax players. My band director approached me yesterday and asked if I could learn to play the alto sax this summer to join the jazz band next year. His perspective is that he has a great first chair concert flutist (me) who could bring her dedication and skill in music and rhythm to an alto sax section filled with freshmen (and a sophomore) who don't know what they're doing. On the other hand, I won't know what I'm doing either. I've been told that the fingerings for sax and flute and pretty much the same, but I'm still hesitant. Is it really hard to learn how to play sax well? Is it hard to play and instrument with a (gasp) REED? What are your opinions?


Re: Transition to sax...?    17:53 on Sunday, March 4, 2007          

alu688
(9 points)
Posted by alu688

...I just re-read that and I sound really arrogant. Sorry about that. I'm not that amazing at the flute!


Re: Transition to sax...?    18:39 on Sunday, March 4, 2007          

Account Closed
(904 points)
Posted by Account Closed

My band director told me that sax was really, REALLY easy, much easier than the other reed instruments I have learned (clarinet & bassoon). I have not yet started, but I'm hoping to soon.


Re: Transition to sax...?    21:58 on Sunday, March 4, 2007          

Contramaniac
(27 points)
Posted by Contramaniac

My sister played flute for 6 or 7 years, and my director approached her with the same question. She put in the time and effort over the summer and did just fine, and with a good amount of time and effort, you should do fine as well.


Re: Transition to sax...?    17:38 on Monday, March 5, 2007          

Canadian
(903 points)
Posted by Canadian

I play Alto Sax, and it is WAY to easy for me!

I am switching to oboe

But I think I like classical over jazz.

Have fun on the sax.


Re: Transition to sax...?    17:46 on Monday, March 5, 2007          

icegirl99
(11 points)
Posted by icegirl99

I've played saxophone longer than I have flute and when I switched from sax to flute I didn't find it that hard. So maybe it's the same the other way around?

I don't know but my friend who played flute for about five in years was asked by old band director if she could switch to tenor sax. She did and didn't find it that hard, only in the very beginning when she was first trying to get a sound out the dang thing but everyone does. So, good luck if you plan to learn the sax!


Re: Transition to sax...?    18:46 on Monday, March 5, 2007          

alu688
(9 points)
Posted by alu688

Thanks for the input, guys!


Re: Transition to sax...?    02:17 on Saturday, March 10, 2007          

Toptrump04
(349 points)
Posted by Toptrump04

Switching to sax is no prob..you'll be fine.


Re: Transition to sax...?    20:09 on Wednesday, March 21, 2007          

hotpinkbabe1016
(26 points)
Posted by hotpinkbabe1016

Hi. I am alos thinking about switching to alto sax. Becuase at the high school you can't play the flute for jazz band. So i am thinking about play sax for jazz band and staying with flute for regular band. But it is pretty easy o get a sound out of it becuase my friend might be swithing to alto sax to (she used to play clairent) and i played it and i got a pretty decent sound out of it. Good luck!
Oh and if anyone can help me please send me a messgae! Thanx =D


   




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