You may know from the Woodwind forum that I've just got a soprano sax, which I particularly want to use for jazz and keep my clarinet for classical. I'm trying to find a teacher but in the meantime, I'm not sure how to proceed... or even, the more I think about it, what sort of teacher I want. I remembered that I picked up a few secondhand sax tutor/study books a year or two ago because I've wanted a sax for a long time, but I'm not sure now that I want to use them.
The more I think about it, the more I think I'd like to try and learn to play sax/jazz by ear rather than from notation. I'm booked to go on a jazz workshop in the summer, and I don't think we're playing from notation there, and maybe it's best if I start as I mean to go on, ie by ear. I'm not even sure that I want to do the Jazz Sax exams because they're still quite formal, and I want to be less constrained.
Has anyone got any thoughts on what I've said? I'd be particularly interested in views on how I should approach playing by ear until I get a teacher, and what I should look for in a teacher if play-by-ear is the route I want to go...