Any sax players here?

dave_cornet

New Member
As my name suggests, Im a cornet player...but Ive recently started playing Alto Sax, just to broaden my musical ability. Are there any sax players here. Do you have any problems switching from sax to brass?
Thanks
Dave
 

PeterBale

Moderator
Staff member
My situation is the opposite to yours, in that I started as a sax player, adding brass in my teens. In general I don't have problems switching from one to the other, although if playing both in the same programme I like a bit of time for the embouchure to adjust - a couple of times I've been asked to play a sax item immediately after playing BBb bass for a march, which is not really fair :shock:

You'll find there are a few woodwind players on here - Naruco (sax) and Hilary Matear (clrinet) spring to mind.
 

PeterBale

Moderator
Staff member
jambo said:
I shouldn't think it would be aproblem, at least it worked fine for Alan Morrison :?
Do you mean Alan or James, the Australian multi-instrumentalist?
 

Okiedokie of Oz

Active Member
I found it awkward on my back jaw when playing alto, but when I switched to tenor and bari, I was fine. Likewise with clarinet. So I'd say I just have a natural tennancy for lower instruments.
 

Naomi McFadyen

New Member
I dont have any problems going between brass and woodwind at all...
You're using 2 completly different techniques... brass- upper lip; woodwind- lower lip

;-)
 

Okiedokie of Oz

Active Member
But have you watched him (not just listened, or heard him talk about) go from tuba pedals to that fantastic range? It's just good technique. That being said, imagine the headache he'd get with air resistance issues!!
 

dave_cornet

New Member
Thanks all...thats a relief (as ive just bought a sax). I was going to switch to tenor eventually but i think that will cause problems (as im a cornet player...playing tenor is prob like playing euphonium and cornet...which I do anyway.
Dave
 

Dave Payn

Active Member
dave_cornet said:
As my name suggests, Im a cornet player...
Well you could have knocked me down with a feather! I got the impression you played the 'dave'!

;-) :lol: :lol: (only joshin!)
 

Naomi McFadyen

New Member
dave_cornet said:
Thanks all...thats a relief (as ive just bought a sax). I was going to switch to tenor eventually but i think that will cause problems (as im a cornet player...playing tenor is prob like playing euphonium and cornet...which I do anyway.
Dave

why would it cause problems?
If you can adjust your embourchour (sp!!) between lower and upper brass you can do anything..... as it were.... :lol:
 

Brassbones

Member
Hi there!

I've been playing all 4 (normal!) saxes now for about 3 years off and on. People always told me it would be detrimental to the brass playing, but I thinks thats rubbish.

Playing sax tends to exercise the jaw muscles a lot more, so at first this will hurt!! The upper lip is redundant (just an air seal) whilst the lower lip is certainly not impaired brass wise (as it where).

However, I tend to stick to tenor and bari. Alto and sop tend to tire the face very quickly!!!

Good luck :D

P.S. If anyone out there has a cheap contra bass sax they want to sell, give me a ring :wink:
 

jambo

Member
PeterBale said:
jambo said:
I shouldn't think it would be aproblem, at least it worked fine for Alan Morrison :?
Do you mean Alan or James, the Australian multi-instrumentalist?
I mean Alan of current Brighouse standing.

He's also a tidy hand on the sax and used to play in his dads big band. :wink:
 

louise0502

Member
My sister plays tenor horn and tenor sax and is improving mega fast on both (may overtake me if i don't get a move on!) and she just started playing the oboe too!

So basically, i agree with everyone else - no probs!
 
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