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    SirMyghin The Dirt Guy Contributor

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    Remember Ralphy, Playing C on that thing isn't C, it is a transposing instrument (just as no one has mentioned it yet).

    Tonguing notes will come with practice, I personally never had trouble with it. Sax overall I did not find terribly difficult in the 4 years I played. Got to do In The Mood the one time, breaking the octave (you are playing above and below on the main line) was the challenge there. It has a lot to do with air pressure applied (you can do it without the key too, but that is more work).
     
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    yeah i know ..C isn't C!!! it is a transposing instrument.
     
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    SirMyghin The Dirt Guy Contributor

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    ^ just making sure. Good Stuff
     
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    How could I forget this stuff? I was a trumpet player for marching band in college...Concert Bb instrument. Not a hard transposition, really.
     
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    from what i read on the 2 books i have a tenor sax is 9 notes lower than a standard instrument. O joy!!!

    is a guitar classified as a standard instrument?
     
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    i believe guitar counts as a C instrument, when in normal tuning anyways.


    your sax is in Bb, so like somebody said above, its a real easy transposition. a real good one to start with
     
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    9 Notes = 1 note and an octave :hbang: If you think about it that way it is much simpler than adding or subtracting 9. Essentially when you play middle C on piano, Sax C will be one octave down ,and 2 semitones flat (a Bb) so you need to play a D to get the C (that is my understanding anyway)
     
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    that is sick! I usta play the Alto Sax and Baritone Sax in high school. Playing Mars by Gustav Holsts was so unbelievably EPIC!
     
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    i HAZ a tenor reed...tonight is the night i lose my saxophon virginity!!!

    video to follow!!!! \m/\m/
     
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    One thing to learn quickly is how to control your volume, I have known guys who played for a few years and never quite got it.. Very bad.
     
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    yeah i know, that's what i am mostly worried about.

    i also ordered a mute!!!! just in case!!! \m/\m/
     
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    Mutes are good, because then you can actually practice a piece with closer to proper dynamics, instead of just at pianissimo (pp).
     
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    ok, i have had a 20 minutes try at it :

    1 - i get a sound
    2 - it is quite hard to always get the same sound with the same attack
    3 - i can not wait for my mute so i can try to blow harder
    4 - i can do : C B A G and then i die!!

    conclusion : i love it!!!!
     
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    :scream2: you're making me wish I had my sax again!
     
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    i have to say that it felt really cool to be blowing something in a tube and then being able to hit some notes!!

    plus a tenor sax is badass!! best $120 i have spent in a while!!!!

    need to work on my embouchure
     
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    You go my man. :)

    I love your enthusiasm. At that pace, you'll be up and running in no time. To be honest, the only reason I learned Sax originally was for a client (they required it in the job parameters), but it was just so much fun so I kept goin.
     
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    i booked friday pm off so that i can practise a lot...i want to be able to play the canon from pachbell by the end of the week-end!!!! :hbang:
     
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    got some carbon reed today, going to swap it for my wood one.

    Also got a nice strap and a cool stand, i think i might be too loud tonight, but fuck it, i'll give it a blow!!!!

    A good pair of hands, a good blow..what else does a man need to be happy really??!!! \m/\m/
     
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    Fuck yeah, almost another sax man!

    I play the Tenor myself, and a major tip I have to give you if you want to stay in good health: get a new neck strap. I see that dinky little one in the case and, if you ever want to play for extended periods of time on a regular basis standing up, you need something with padding. Not only will that give you a rash on your neck(From slight movements of the neck strap and your neck), but it will start to feel heavy. Padding helps spread that weight around, and won't give you a rash. I reccomend a Neotech Soft Sax strap.
     
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