Excellent advice, Dave. I started at 9 years old and was also told to get some piano in me first. I wouldn't listen and missed out on learning music until many years later. Starting on sax kept me chained to single notes on a piece of page for way too long. First leaning an instrument that requires music theory and chord progressions (piano or guitar), or at the very least at the same, is the way to go. And yeah, get a used Yamaha.Dave Dolson said:Dan: Welcome to SOTW. If the boy has no musical training, start him on piano. After learning the piano, any other instrument should be a cakewalk. I sure wish I'd done it that way.
If he knows music, then find a saxophone teacher who specializes in young children and be guided more by what the teacher tells you. DAVE
From my own personal experience I respectfully have to disagree. My biggest source of frustration is that I was forced to take piano and not a band instrument. When I was in 4th grade the music teacher asked me if I wanted to learn an instrument so I could play in the band. I said sure, and she suggested trumpet. I liked that alot and went home to tell my mom, who immediately nixed it in favor of the piano, which she considered the only proper instrument to play. So I took piano lessons for 3 years including some theory classes at the beginning, and the occassional recital, playing the standard classical repetoire. I wasn't great, but I wasn't too bad either, merely the typical kid taking piano from a private teacher, but by the 7th grade I had quit.Dave Dolson said:Dan: Welcome to SOTW. If the boy has no musical training, start him on piano. After learning the piano, any other instrument should be a cakewalk. I sure wish I'd done it that way. DAVE