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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000028.txt from 2005/12

From: Gary Smith <>
Subj: Re: [kl] sax
Date: Wed, 07 Dec 2005 11:28:32 -0500


I'm a doubler myself, and own an alto and a tenor (and enough bari
parts to play if someone will loan me the actual horn :-) )

I'm not sure I totally agree that tenor is a *better* jobbing horn.
Rare is the job that calls for a tenor and *not* an alto. You may be
more *competitive* in a local situation if there is a hot-shot alto in
town who doesn't want to play tenor, but it could work in reverse,

I agree about concert band. I made myself really unpopular in high
school by taking up saxophone and almost instantly becoming better
than 99%, if not all, of the sax players. I attribute that to the fact
that as a concert band clarinetist, I actually had to contend with
relatively difficult parts, whereas tenors sit around playing half
notes most of the time and altos weren't doing much better. There are,
of course, exceptions - difficult concert band parts for saxophone,
but for the most part sax parts in concert band are kind of dull.

On 11/30/05, Ted Casher <> wrote:
> Ted Casher here. Most people start w/alto---but tenor is the better jobb=
> horn, as it gets hired in a good many situations, like swing, bebop, r&b-=
> The concert band parts for tenor are not too interesting, in contemporary
> band writing. Better to stay on clarinet. More action for the motivat=
> player!!!!!
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Audrey Travis" <>
> To: <>
> Sent: Tuesday, November 29, 2005 10:34 AM
> Subject: Re: [kl] sax
> > Some of the differences are:
> > Range - Tenor is much lower pitched than alto - which sound do you pref=
> > Size - tenor is larger and heavier - this may be a factor if you are a
> > small person
> >
> > I don't think one is preferable over another to learn on, but their rol=
> > may be different in a concert band. Tenor tends to play bass lines, wh=
> > alto plays an inner, sometimes less heard voice. In jazz, both can shi=
> > equally as solo instruments.
> >
> > Mud any clearer?
> >
> > Audrey
> > On 29-Nov-05, at 5:42 AM, rob wrote:
> >
> >> Can anyone tell me whats the difference between tenor and alto saxopho=
> >> and which would be better to start out on to learn sax and why?
> >> Rob
> >
> >
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