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San Angelo, Texas

posted: 9/30/2005 at 1:34:37 PM ET
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I am 51 years old and I have always wanted to play the tenor saxaphone. I figure, why not now? I do not know how to read music, but I am going to buy a book today. Do you have to start off with an alto sax? How much should I spend on a beginner sax? I am not wealthy but I could spend a little money on one.

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posted: 9/30/2005 at 5:19:44 PM ET
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Well u can first get a loner alto sax and see if u like it or u can get a tenor sax and c if its easier for u. I wouldn't buy one just yet or else u would be stuck with a saxophone that u don't like.

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posted: 9/30/2005 at 6:10:07 PM ET
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Hello there, I am 47 and started to play alto sax last year. Apparently there are quite a few people who start even in their 70's..so don't let the age put you off. I started on alto purely because I read it was the smaller one... and that most people started on it. I guess there's nothing to stop you starting on tenor...unless anyone else comes with any reasons why not. If I had to teach myself music..or an instrument...I wouldn't be where I am. I think you may be able to learn to play the notes if you persevere...but I think it would be a nightmare to learn all the rest involved about reading music without a qualified teacher. I can only speak for myself when I say...I want to know everything...yesterday! I am always asking questions......making up problems sometimes when there is no problem. I am pernickety.....I delve into things too much.....thank goodness I have a teacher to answer my questions....and also to tell me when something isn't worth splitting hairs over. I could go on.....but my answer boils down to....go for it....but get a teacher.

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