So many excuses to use! Not a single one good. Time to step up and get it in gear I guess.
Several months ago, for some unknown reason, I told myself that I was going to learn to play the saxophone. Yeah, it was a big surprise to me too. Not like I have any great musical talent.
Back in fourth grade I played the baritone horn in the school band. I wanted to play the drums but the band director saw a chubby boy and said baritone horn. I spent three years in the school band. But I was never really very good. The high school band didn’t recruit me very hard. Not a bit actually.
My mother made me play the piano in junior high school. That was even worse. Just no desire. Can’t sing. Can’t dance. So what possessed me with this saxophone thing?
Maybe it’s the music I’ve been listening to lately.
Not going to mention any names, you gotta choose your own music, but the sax has been right in there making a big sound. I like the shining brass, the booming sound and the way the sax player moves on stage. Looks like fun. Maybe I can do that. Turns out that there is a lot to playing the sax. Even thought some say it’s the easiest instrument to learn.
First you have to decide on what kind of sax. Size matters here. Alto, tenor, baritone, soprano and base. And maybe a few more. Each with a different sound. Then you have to find one. And be able to afford it.
I chose an alto. Used. Some high school band dropout told his mom to get rid of it. So I got a deal. Also need some reeds so the thing will actually make a sound. Online.
And then of course there is learning to play the thing. With my musical inability, I wasn’t going to learn by ear. Lessons, like the horn itself, are expensive. So, once again, I went online. In search of free lessons.
You Tube has dozens of them. You can see what the instructor is doing. And can hear the results. But you miss out on the instructor reaching over and putting your finger where it belongs, or squeezing your cheeks to get the right form in exhaling. The personal touch that is. But I found a good lesson program. And its freee. And includes music.
Now I have a sax, and a lesson plan, so why isn’t the thing making music? Because you gotta blow into it first!
Excuse: I’ve had a respiratory ailment and I cough a lot and am short of breath. Pretty strong, but not good enough. Excuse: don’t have time to do this every day. What else am I doing? Not like my dance card is full. Excuse: fear. Now that’s a good one!
A saxophone in the hands of a beginner can make some terrifying sounds!! Trust me, I’ve made one. Dude, I say, you don’t know how to play the thing. Of course you suck at it. Practice.
OK, so that’s it. No more excuses. Gotta run now- I like good sax!
That’s part of my story. What’s yours?