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just wanted to say hi to everyone from australia - melbourne to be precise

i'm a "late bloomer" - seems to be quite a few on these boards so i feel quite comfortable.

i come from having played violin for nearly thirty years on a sometime professional, but mostly amateur basis.

one day - about three weeks ago - i up and got myself a yamaha yts23 and i'm commited. love the sax. it's so "human" and compared to the violin, so reflective in how it lends itself to my particular expression.

lots of great information on this site and invaluable for a new-comer like myself.
 

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I'm glad you enjoy the sax. I am strings player (cello to be precise) furthermore. I also saw the difference in expression between the sax and cello. It seemed like the sax talked, and you could make it say anything you wanted it to. Congratulations on the sax and welcome. Introduce yourself in the new member introduction Q4 thread so everyone can see more about you. Feel free to ask any question on the forum, I have (even though it may seem obvious or stupid) and it has made me the sax player I am today. Welcome!
 

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Howdy, mate!

Or something like that... from a hillbilly to an Aussie...nice to have another late bloomer newbie on board!
 

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I've been going nearly three years now, having come in (like you) from other musical areas. It's like being re-invented as a musician - almost as a person, which I find is good for me as I continue to age!

Keep at it. I haven't practiced so much for years.
 

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thanks guys

i expect to be learning a lot in the next few years and then some more after that.
 

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claxton said:
Howdy, mate!

Or something like that... from a hillbilly to an Aussie...nice to have another late bloomer newbie on board!
mate is perfectly acceptable
 

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marton said:
it's so "human" and compared to the violin, so reflective in how it lends itself to my particular expression.
I totally agree with you about how expressive you can get on a sax, I fell in love with tenor sax after I've heard a guy that didn't play the tenor but "talked" with it, but allow me to disagree with you about the violin, I also think a wind instrument in general can be much more warm and connected to the player than a string instrument where the sound is produced by a more mechanical action, but still, you can find in every instrument artists that are able to "talk" through their instrument, such as Stephane Grapelli, of course we're talking about one of a kind case, but there are a lot of different instrument players that achieve this special "human" playing.
I still prefer my tenor though, I've played some other instruments and none of them made me feel the vibes right inside my guts as the tenor did...
 

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i guess what i'm trying to say that for me, sax is more like "where i'm at"

violin was like a try-hard type thing. hard to explain but there it is.
 

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Marton,
Welcome to the world of the saxophone addict. The only question I have for you right now is ... Dog's body????
 

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Marton,
Welcome to the world of the saxophone addict. The only question I have for you right now is ... Dog's body????
thanks for the welcom jrvinson

have you been visiting one of my sites by any chance?

the use of "dog's body" here in aus, refers to someone who does a little bit of everything and is not highly qualified in any of them.
 

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marton said:
thanks for the welcom jrvinson

have you been visiting one of my sites by any chance?

the use of "dog's body" here in aus, refers to someone who does a little bit of everything and is not highly qualified in any of them.
Marton,
Thanks for the education. I wouldn't know where to begin finding your other sites; however, I did take a peek at your user profile and found that particular part amusing.

I guess over here, I've always heard of that as the expression "Jack of all trades and master of none."
 

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Welcome, I to started playing a mo. ago, after playing a trumpet all my life! I can honestly say if I had it over to do again, I would have chosen the sax! I have a tenor, and 2 altos. I play totally by ear, believe it or not, but I can play any song that I know or want to learn, this is a God send and I am very THANKFUL!!!!!!I just wish I would have started before the age of 53! GOD BLESS!
 

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Welcome! Going on over a year now. Grew up learning piano, but never got addicted like I am now to sax. I'm 43 and wish I didn't have a day job so I could spend the whole day with the horn. They do talk don't they?!
 

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Yeah, I guess it has something to do with maturity, of course I'd like to start playing when I was a teenager, so I had the whole time I need to play and practice and make some progress, but in other hand, today, as a late bloomer, I play much less, but every time I do it seems to be much more productive than when I tried learning the flute back at my 15's.
As in many aspects, age makes you better, the life experience makes it happen, even if slower, but in better quality, as said by NU2SAX, your sax life improves after 40.
"Is not the quantity, but the quality..."
 

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jrvinson45 said:
Marton,
Thanks for the education. I wouldn't know where to begin finding your other sites; however, I did take a peek at your user profile and found that particular part amusing.

I guess over here, I've always heard of that as the expression "Jack of all trades and master of none."
basically the same thing here

i'm a freelance photographer/designer and writer, so if people ask what i do for a living, which they inevitably do, i tell 'em that i'm a "dog's body"
 

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Hey welcome Marton, glad to have you aboard! And thanks for the term "dog's body" 'cause it sure fits me. I'm a geologist/kayak instructor/house painter/writer/musician. And probably a couple other things, besides. It beats doing one thing all the time or having a "day job." Cheers. You'll discover some mates from down under on here soon enough! You Aussies are all right by me...
 

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Welcome marton!!

You're not a rugby fan are you? :twisted: ;)

Seriously: I also came to playing the sax as an adult and have always felt it offered a more direct form of self-expression than my other instruments.

Hope you enjoy the forum.
 

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Welcome marton!!

You're not a rugby fan are you? :twisted: ;)

Seriously: I also came to playing the sax as an adult and have always felt it offered a more direct form of self-expression than my other instruments.

Hope you enjoy the forum.
thanks rtt

rugby? not a fan of sports as such, so no. australia lost to england or something though i believe; it was on the news.
 

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marton said:
thanks rtt

rugby? not a fan of sports as such, so no. australia lost to england or something though i believe; it was on the news.
That's what we call in Argentina "opening the umbrella before it starts raining"
Meaning, you've made here a step ahead, a counter attack, knowing he's from UK, and is maybe looking for some "provocation"
Hamsters are well known for their "provocative" character.
I can only remind him a different game, back at the 1986 world cup, the nake of the guy was D I E G O A R M A N D O M A R A D O N A ! ! !
;)
 
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