Anyone ever played a straight soprano sax and if so are they hard.?
I played a straight soprano a few times early on including trying out the new Yamaha models in the photo above. (bad photo, I know!)
The soprano lets you play ideas in the upper register without busting a blood vessel on altissimo. Although, altissimo does become easier once you put in some initial work. It does take some initial work though.
However, it is a bit more challenging to get the intonation and sound on it. Especially for a vintage horn.
For me, I prefer the sound of the tenor and alto in most cases.
If you like the sound of soprano, you’ll need to work on getting it under control.
I have been playing soprano more this year after I got one. It’s a vintage horn and took some time to get used to.
The first song I worked on playing was the Cantina Theme by John Williams. For some reason, I thought of that. And also tried some Kenny G tunes on it.
It’s getting more comfortable at this point. Still tends to take a bit more out of my embouchure than alto or tenor. Though, I remember alto did something similar when I first began playing it more.
What’s your opinion on it?