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Hi, I was thinking (very loosely) that I might start playing soprano saxophone. I currently play the piano, and I have kind of developed some tendonitis, but I have since changed my technique and it's getting better.

Anyway, do you use the same finger muscles when playing the saxophone as you do the piano, or would I be able to play the saxophone without feeling the usual pain I do (considering what I have would be a regular piano tendonitis)?

And is it possible to get a decent tone out of a cheap soprano? (I know most say one should start to play alto first, but say I could produce a great tone on soprano, would it be able to be a nice tone on a cheap one aswell?)
 

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Being absolutely brutally honest, I would suspect that tendonitis might be more of a problem for sax players than it is for pianists. I play piano as well and i've certainly had more pause for thought over possible hand/tendon injury on sax than i ever did on piano. Bear in mind the rather "fixed" position of the hands for sax. Good technique will help, but in playing sax you are doing something with your hands that in a way is unnatural. If you have had real problems with injury it might be worth talking to a (medical) specialist on this one.
 

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If you play a straight soprano, your right thumb will not like it... And, last time I checked, your face musculature doesn't get much of a workout on piano. In other words, it's not just fingers that need conditioning.
 

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Yeah, but let's say I would start off using the exact right technique, would I feel my present tendonitis, or do you use totally different muscles when playing sax as opposed to when you play piano?
 

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A straight one piece soprano is very difficult if you have any wrist issues. The tension will almost certainly make any tendonitis issues you may have worse.

As to cheap soprano saxes, they can get a wonderful tone, but the build quality, keywork and intonation issues can make they virtually worthless for any kind of performing.
 

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moltar said:
Yeah, but let's say I would start off using the exact right technique, would I feel my present tendonitis, or do you use totally different muscles when playing sax as opposed to when you play piano?
honestly, i think you're asking the wrong people. if you don't have a therapist then track one down.
 
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