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What Next...?

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I wonder if anyone can shed some light on this problem

My mum gave up playing saxophone -she wasn’t really a musician to be honest so I grew up with a saxophone in the house and like pretty much any instrument I ever encounter I have a go!

I learned to get a good tone on my saxophone and I studied a finger charts and memorised all this but now what?

For the last 20-30 years every eight months or so (probably much more!) I pick up the Sax to remind myself what I already know But what next?

On the rare times in my life I can afford a tutor I went to one but really what’s my Next Step?
There are many articles for beginners and there are a few for the extremely advanced what about us in the middle?

Can anyone remember what they did after they learned the basics and let me know please?!
Are we supposed to memorise songs or something..?

Thanks in advance for your time reading this
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Look for opportunities to play with other musicians at or above your level. Join a community band or community college band or whatever type of group that plays music you enjoy. Hopefully you'll surround yourself with others that have the same passion and this will help keep you interested and practicing.
This is excellent advice. A community band can help keep fresh literature in front of you, and gives you a goal for how to improve. Some are free, others cost some money.

In addition, I would recommend picking up the Rubank Beginning or Intermediate Book (Blue Book) because you need to work on your methods (technique). Playing fun music (as in a community band) with not help you improve nearly as fast as playing fund music and working on methods simultaneously. The Rubank book will cost you less than $10. Just about any music store should be able to get it for you.

You will also find sitting in band that you will start picking up tips from the other saxes in your section.

Last note, please commit yourself to daily practice (or 4 times per week). Inconsistent practice will lead to very little reward and enjoyment.
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