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#beginquote# Playing and reading music is not like riding a bike. You can forget a lot of the knowledge if you don't use it, but if it has only been a couple of years since you played I would suggest taking this route: 1) Buy a beginner sax book from your local music store. Good series are such names as Essential Elements and Standard of Excellence. 2) RENT a sax from the same music store if you don't already have one. Notice that I said RENT IT! I get from your message that this might be a passing interest with you, and it is far better to pay a couple of months of rent rather than spend hundreds on a new horn only to loose interest and never play it again. 3) Using the new book you bought, set aside at least twenty minutes each night to practice and force yourself to do it. Something that I always tell my students is that there is a golden rule to practicing an instrument: If you practice you will get better, as you get better you will enjoy it more, and as you enjoy it more you will naturally want to practice more often! 4) Most importantly, if you are serious about this, get a private teacher! Better yet, contract with the teacher and pay in advance for a month or two of lessons. By paying in advance you will have that extra incentive to continue to practice and play the horn. Good luck! Chad Criswell Director of Bands Western Dubuque High School http://www.musicedmagic.com #endquote#
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