Hello, name is Frank…and I am a saxaholic. I am addicted to a saxophone.
I bought my first sax this past Christmas, a Jean-Paul AS-400 Alto.
I have been learning on my own for the past 5 months. The more I practice the more addicted I become…It’s vicious circle!
My goal is to be able to join the mens ensemble at church and of course for recreation.
I have been following Johnny on YouTube for months and jumped at the chance to take lessons from him.
Thanks, the major issue right now with joining in at church is I don’t know anything about band arrangements or orchestration. Its nothing like the sheet music O print out from the net. The book from church is for an alto sax, it doesn’t sound anything like the solo songs I’ve been practicing with. Since the guys at church have been playing for decades, they don’t need or have practice sessions. They invited me to sit in, but at this stage I don’t think Im ready to attempt this in front of the entire congregation.
Not a problem Roadrider, if you are playing in a group of Sax players, all the pressure is off, what i used to do, and a lot of other sax players did, was just play the parts of the sheet they could manage, as there are enough sax players arounds that will carry the whole song through without even needing your slightest input.
My Teacher would say, if a bar or measure is too difficult, just only play the first note in that bar, or don’t play various bars. Once you’ve partaken, you’ll realise what fun it is, and it gives you more inspiration to practice.
I would record their performances with a phone or something and take it home to make sure your sheet music is matching their key.
also you can practice to the recording so you can be more confident for when you finally join them.
i’ve had music sheets to play in a band that are several grades above my level of playing, and are just too complicated to master and play in a short period of time – but i still went along and just played bits of it that i could play, which is far better than not partaking.
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