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I am 32 year-old and currently learn piano for half year.

Recently I think a lot about learning sax.

I wonder if I can also learn sax the same time with piano?

Will learning sax be something impact to my piano learning or vice versa?
 

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Yes. I would think they would reinforce one another. For sure learning some piano is useful no matter what instrument you play.
 

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It's great to learn piano, anytime in your life.
After started on piano when I was 5, it has helped me with writing, arranging, doubling (I played yamaha DX7 and tenor sax in the band "Wize Guys"1985), Jamming, or just playing for fun.
My dad was a B3 Player and my mom is still a piano teacher after 50 years!

Every Musician should know how to play piano.

The piano is the foundation for the study of Jazz harmony.

Please listen to Bill Evans piano changes, or Herbie Hancock's comping! Unreal!!

(also don't forget the guitar approach to harmony)

The greatest Jazz piano soloist's?? IMHO... Art Tatum, Oscar Peterson, Monk, Bud Powell, Ellington, Barry Harris, Mccoy Tyner, Herbie Hancock, Benny Green, Fats Waller, Walter Bishop JR, George Shearing, Duke Pearson, Sonny Clark, Keith Jarrett, Wynton Kelly, Chick Corea, James Williams,...
and so many more!!
 

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I don't think learning both instruments will have any negative effects on either one, unless the time you take to practice the saxophone reduces your piano practice time significantly. Obviously, then, it might slow your progress down on piano. That depends on how much time you're practicing now. A half-hour on saxophone and up to an hour on piano is probably good for a beginner - every day (or as close to every day as you can manage - that's always been the tricky part for me).

Practicing a little every day is much better than trying to load up on a few days. (ie, half-hour each day for seven days is better than two hours Saturday and Sunday and nothing in between).

Good luck! And post some stories here once you've been doing it for a bit. That would be interesting for everyone.
 

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Go for it. Feel underwhelmed unless I'm learning two instruments at the same time, mind you, I am retired so have plenty of time (I hope). Just added flügelhorn to the tenor, helps one to appreciate and assimilate other instrument techniques that might prove useful.
BTW Add the Count to pianist worth listening to. So little played, so great an impact.
 

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I wish I had spent more time at the piano when I was first learning saxophone, go for it. But make sure you use the piano to help with learning some music theory - harmony especially.
 

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It's a great idea.

I started playing sax with firm roots already in piano - and it's honestly helped a lot in terms of speeding up my studies with the saxophone. Musical notation is a breeze, because I'd already covered it.

Plus, it'll give you a greater sense of how harmonies work. Also, doesn't hurt that the piano's one of the main components of the rhythm section of a big band!
 

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I agree with all the above ...

At age 69, I've just finished my second semester of piano and my third of saxophone lessons at the local university. I've found that they do really back each other up, and the piano helps immeasurably with learning some basic theory.

Ultimately I'd like to be able to play piano well enough to accompany myself on some saxophone solos. (I may have to learn something about recording though ... ah well, lotsa time left!;) )
 

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I've played sax for 6 years, and I just bought a keyboard and it has TREMENDOUSLY helped my sax playing. Helped me straighten out alot of theory things, along with letting me practice hearing intervals much easier. Another added benefit is that i can doodle anytime (I dont thing neighbors in an apartment complex would enjoy me honkin' on my guardala super king at any hour!)

also, you can sing and play piano at the same time, which is supposedly the key to all of this overtone business :)
 

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Thanks everyone for all your replies.

I start looking for the options to buy the sax from local market.

However my piano tutor said that the sax sounds really loud, much louder than the piano so that make me scare!!!

Anyway, I will visit some music instrument shop to look for the sax.
 

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billy75 said:
However my piano tutor said that the sax sounds really loud, much louder than the piano so that make me scare!!!
It's possible for a saxophone to be louder than a piano, but there's no reason it has to be. You can play a saxophone very quietly, it has a huge dynamic range.

No need to be scared!
 
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