Switching to sax from clarinet
I am considering switching from clarinet to saxophone. I would like to ask your opinion.
I am a beginner on the clarinet - I know all the fingerings, I have a good sense of rhythm and I can read sheet music well, but I can't play the high notes (beyond upper G) and I can't play fast pieces because I'm just too slow moving my fingers. I've been practicing, but so far I haven't gotten fast enough.
I'm also getting frustrated because my mouth gets tired really quickly and the pitch of the note I play comes out all wrong. I end up having to clean the clarinet very often.
I've heard that saxophone is easier to play. What exactly is easier, compared to the clarinet? Is it easy to play fast pieces? To blow good-quality sounds?
My other concern is this: from what I understand, the saxophone is best suited to playing jazz, and it's not as versatile as the clarinet. I am not a big fan of jazz, though I like some songs. I know I could still play most of the clarinet pieces with the sax. But what kind of music, besides jazz, would be good to play on a saxophone?
Also, I first picked up playing the clarinet in a band, but now I mostly play on my own. I've found that playing solo is not as fun as playing in a band. Is the saxophone better suited to solos?
I would appreciate your advice on this! Thanks!