6th grader: sax or clarinet?

by Jenny
(Yorktown, VA)

My 11 yo daughter is starting band next fall and wants to try the tenor sax. I've heard it's a difficult instr. to learn, heavy, etc. should I encourage her to start with the clarinet? I don't want her to get frustrated and give up. Suggestions? Thanks. Jenny

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Feb 23, 2012
6th grader clarinet or tenor sax
by: jerry

they are both fine choices. i am partial to the sax but would let the young lady decide. the alto is slightly smaller than the tenor but if she is average size for a 11 year old the tenor would be no problem. the sax advantage is that learn one and the fingerings are the same on all others making it an option to play wherever the need is greatest in the band. by all means buy her a quality instrument. if you buy used have an expert try it out first.

May 14, 2012
6th grader: sax or clarinet?
by: Dominic

I have been playing sax, clarinet and flute since 1951.
I have been repairing instruments since 1978.
My last major concert was for a host of pretty impressive guests, including former President Bill Clinton.
When he was in Boston with Senator John Kerry for a fund-raising event for Senator Ted Kennedy.

I played in the 22-piece John Payne Saxophone Choir at the Park Plaza Castle.

Security was so tight,
the Secret Service did background checks on each musician and we had to leave our instruments at
the door to be searched by White House staff.

The tenor sax is much easier to get a sound than an alto or a clarinet because the mouthpiece is larger and more forgiving.
The down side is that it is a heavy instrument for a 6th grader.
Most 6th graders start on an alto because it is easier to handle.

for more info


Dominic S. Cucinotti
SUITE # 710
SALEM, MA 01970

web site: www.dominicsmusic.com


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