I've been playing the clarinet for nearly 2 years now. I do enjoy playing, but due to my small size (I'm just under 5ft, and very petite) I do find it very difficult, mainly covering the holes with my small fingers!
My tutor has suggested I at least think about the saxophone. Obviously, as there are no open holes, there should not be a problem. I had a lesson last night on an Alto sax as a taster, and I got on really well. He thinks that I will learn in leaps and bounds with the sax, whereas with the clarinet, I am making slow but steady progress, but I doubt whether I will ever be at a level which will enable me to play in a group. I am at perhaps grade 3. I can't see me getting too much higher, to be honest.
I know many people do play both instruments. How does playing the sax compare with the clarinet for others? Does it help or hinder to play both? I found it much easier to blow, and played up to F on the top line of the staff down to D just under the staff quite easily. Once I had mastered how to hold it (I think I would need a harness rather than a neck strap), I got on better. I tried to start with to hold it straight like a clarinet and wondered why my right thumb was protesting....!
The sax I had a lesson on is an ex demo one which has hardly been played - a Jupiter 500 series, which he says I can have for ?250. Does this sound a price deal? Are Jupiter a good make?
Any thoughts would be very much appreciated, as I spent quite a bit on a wooden clarinet but do not want to keep spending. I would keep my clarinet, as my mum also plays, and I would still do duets with her, but at the same time I find I am not enjoying the clarinet as much as I feel I should.