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 Post subject: Music advice- again!
PostPosted: Thu Aug 27, 2009 8:59 am 
DS has decided to take up the clarinet after having a trial run on the teachers for a week. Actually it was me who had the trial run but DS picked it up and was composing his on tunes in minutes! :x Someone once said to me (may have been on here :wink: ) that when you find the instrument for you then it clicks. Well it seems to be the clarinet for DS although he is not giving up that Bassoon which our sweat, tears and money have already gone into! :roll:

So now I know I can blow the mouthpiece I have decided to take up the saxophone, mainly because the fingering is very similar to the recorder and my brain can only do so much - clarinet far more complicated. I have noticed online that there are alto, tenor and baritone saxophones and I am clueless at which one to buy. I basically want the "normal" one and also one that DS could play if he chooses to steal my limelight with that instrument too. :roll: I also need to know what reed strength to buy for both instruments.

I'd be grateful for any advice but I do need to purchase the sax today as it is on special offer finishing today, thanks! :)


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 27, 2009 11:08 am 
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TIPSY - don't buy the saxaphone today!!!! they are expensive and you might not like it- we have a very experienced clarinet player who just didn't get on with the Saxophone - glad we hadn't bought it!

The alto is the smallest - the tenor is the REAL Sax - Baritone is huge and requires weightlifting courses (though have seen diminutive 16 year old girl doing very well on it). SOME of the key fingering is the same as clarinet but not all

as for the Reeds.... take advice from your teacher, there isn't just ione answer - depends on your experience / length of time playing etc etc - too soft sounds awful but you may not get a sound with too hard.


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 27, 2009 12:12 pm 
Oh dear I just went and purchased one before reading this message! :oops: It does have a 14 day send-back guarantee though. Thanks for the advice. :)


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 28, 2009 5:45 pm 
The sax and clarinet arrived today and apart from weighing a TON :shock: I love it - lessons commencing soon. :D


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Less time for posting on here then what with the daily practice required! :wink:


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