This post is old, so what you see here may not reflect my current opinion and mindset, certain information may be outdated, and links may be broken.
One good thing about saxophones: Once you learn the fingering for one, you know it for all four types.
So now I’ve tried alto, soprano, and tenor. I tried tenor today. The only other time I tried it was when I was in ninth grade. I blew a real low note on a friend’s, and I vibrated along with the horn. I did not like that, so I stayed away from it.
Well today a fellow sub who graduated with me, and who was also a tenor sax player in concert band, decided to play with the intermediate band today. So I decided to try it. These are my verdicts after playing it:
1) It takes more damn air and energy to play on it.
2) My back hurts.
3) My neck hurts.
4) Since an alto is shorter than a tenor, I am not used to the length, and I bang the poor horn everytime I move.
5) It’s heavier.
6) I keep seeing funky key signatures on the music since Alto and Tenor ARE not written in the same key.
So that was my experience with it. I like it, and it was fun, but by god now my back is killing me!
And I sub tomorrow, half day in the afternoon for my ex-APUSH/GOVT teacher. Yay.