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posted: 5/19/2005 at 12:13:53 AM ET
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Hi everybody. I did try out for the Lion's band, and made it to the finals, but I wound up one of the alternates,...dern.(Just thought ya'll would like to know) I don't know why, but I would like to learn how to play either oboe or saxaphone along with flute, but I don't want either of those instruments to take away practice time from my flute, but if I did play something else, I really don't know which to pick. Please reply! BYE

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posted: 5/19/2005 at 9:55:36 PM ET
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That depends on what kind of music you prefer. The sax is quite versatile, and fits nicely with many styles of music. THe oboe is probably a little more limited to mainly classical music or softer pop or show tunes. If you like classical, the oboe may be the way to go. I don't know what the demand is for the oboe is though. If you can handle it though, learn more than one, whichever you choose.

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posted: 6/9/2005 at 11:06:59 PM ET
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I play both Saxophone and Oboe... When it comes down to it Oboe would be easier for you ( or any other flute players) bec it has similar fingerings as the flute and also bec the Oboe is a concert pitch instrument and since you don't like scales you wouldn't have to transpose up. On the other hand Oboe is a VERY pricey instument from the instrument down to the reed a GOOD begining Oboe could cost you up to 2,000 bucks and then you have to buy reeds alomost every two week and have extras on hand that cost most of the time $12.
Saxopohne also would be fairly easy for a flute player bec. the fingering is also SIMILAR to that of a flute. Cheap Reeds and many styles of music can be played. Some draw backs...Well instruments can get expensive... altos. are in the key of Eb and you have to transpose up 5 steps (some people that can be really hard) Tenor is in Bb and u have to go up one step and im not really sure about bari but i deon't think its a concer pitch.
Both have drawbacks and both have benifits so experiment around and see what you like the best..hope i was a little bit of help..

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