I play alto sax, exclusively. I've never played tenor, though I'm really curious to (because of the size of the thing, if nothing else!). However, a definite point of hesitation, for me, is the sax's status as a lead instrument. I'm most interested in rock and roll style currently, where whatever sax present is obviously going to take lead parts / solos… But in a group setting with more than one sax (e.g. an alto and a tenor), who would you expect to take the lead?
I guess I'm thinking of it in terms of lead guitarist vs. rhythm guitarist, and I want the solos, damnit. 😀 Thoughts, please!
Thanks for the input, Johnny. Having read the email you sent yesterday (Which Sax Should I Play?), I'm going to hit the nearest music shop and bust out a few tunes. I think, after that, I'll know. To be honest, it's seeing you rock the tenor that's inspired me to give it a try – thanks!