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Friday, August 08, 2014

[To Stan Getz] "Isn't the saxophone the easiest instrument of all to play?"

[Getz's reply]: "Technically speaking, yes. I suppose it's the easiest from that point of view. Just to play the saxophone - well, that's not so hard to learn. But mere playing isn't enough. To be any good you have to play the saxophone properly, as you would any other instrument; you have to get a good musical sound and that is not so easy at all. The saxophone is - well, you might call it a b******d instrument. It's not pure, like the violin or the piano or the trumpet. You don't see any saxophones in symphony orchestras, you'll notice. The tenor, especially, is out of tune, in a sense, and a musician can pretty much make of the tenor saxophone what he will. That's one reason why there are so many tenor styles - or noises...To anyone just starting out who wants to study the tenor I'd suggest he first study piano, first learn what music itself is all about; the first thing is to become a musician, then a tenor saxophone player..."
From the sleeve notes to the above album. Thanks to Simon Spillett for sharing this quote which is very true.
Lance.

4 comments :

Paul Gowland (on f/b). said...

Good job I learned piano first then eh?

Jude Murphy (on f/b). said...

Jude Murphy You hear the same questions about recorders, which are the easiest instrument in the world to play really, really badly.

Fiona Finden (on f/b). said...

so why didn't they teach us how to play piano in school first?

Ann Alex said...

And also the tin whistle, it's a very accessible instrument, but it's easy to play badly by blowing too hard. Vin Garbutt and Joey Oliver are both good (folk tunes). And as for the banjo or the bodhran ...

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