Not quite as easy as 'octaves' - tenor is in Bb (i.e. finger a 'sax' C and concert Bb comes out), and alto is in Eb (i.e. finger a 'sax' C and concert Eb comes out). 'Concert' in this case, for practical purposes, meaning 'same as piano, flute or guitar note'. As saxophone sizes increase (or decrease) the pitch alternates between Eb and Bb, so for saxes to be 'an octave' apart you have to skip a size.zaxroots said:.......All I want to know is, apart from the octave possibly being lower on a tenor than an alto - if I use the same fingering on both tenor and an alto - will the same note play on each? (albeit probably in a different octave?)
Start on Alto. And get a teacher, learn how to read music too you will be glad you did.hakukani said:As a teacher and player, I would recommend that you start on alto, definitely not soprano.
In addition, I recommend you get a competent teacher. Sax is not an instrument that lends itself well to self-teaching, especially in the beginning.
I think it's commendable that you want to use authentic sounds rather than synthesized horn parts for your recording purposes; and wish to learn all the voices. Thing is, it takes time to develop a tone on each of these instruments you desire to play. Think of an elementary school band. That could be your sound for a good year or two... and quite frankly, some never quite shake it. Tone is ultimately what you're looking for, but there's no fast and easy way to get it.zaxroots said:My real problem is that I'm too greedy and impatient for results - I'm motivated by "need" (not want) - I also want (need ) to learn trumpet and trombone too. Obviously I don't want to be an expert in all - just good enough to record some fairly simple stuff. For me it's all about "feel" rather than dazling speed.