Re: Playing the Alto Sax
I think one of the best teaching tools are some of the videos that are out right now. I would also practice working on scales and playing along with CD's. Knowing all the scales is critical. As a saxophone player, you need to be able to transpose and play in various keys. Saxophones are pitched either in Bb or Eb, with the exception of the C Melody and a few others, so we need to be able to quickly transpose from Concert C to the key that corresponds to the pitch of the saxophone. For example, if a song is in the Concert key of G, the corresponding key on a Bb tenor would be A, or on an Eb alto, the key would be E. Knowing the scales will also help with fingerings, and then everything else will all come together.