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    rarely do i hear about positive health effects from playing sax. post about all the good things that have happened to you as a result of playing.

    its helped me with my asthma, increased my lung capacity and it aligned my teeth correctly. it also taught me to be more confident and bold as a person because you have to be confident when you play or else its gonna sound like crap.
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    When I was about 9 years old I fell on a broken glass bottle and it went right into my wrist severing everything imaginable (nerves tendons artery you name it) My parents got me a sax to help rehabilitate my left hand (I still dont have 100%, but a lot better than when that accident happened almost 30 years ago). Plus my dad played sax to get through college...And wasnt too shabby.
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    It teaches the benefits of perseverance.
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    hmmm..positives...uh...idk...I can move my fingers really fast for typing and stuff....that's about it...

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    In addition to previously stated posts, research shows that students who study music perform better on standardized tests in mathematics and language. I also believe that it helps develop fine motor skills hence MicroNik's typing ability.

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    trains discipline,
    helps de-stress
    and brings about loads of soul satisfaction
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    Playing music helps to make new friends, especially when you (temporarily) live abroad. After all, music is a common language.
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    .......but it does nothing to cure hair loss!

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    Well put bkobog. I'm only an amateur and I find that I have to concentrate so hard when learning something new on the sax that I block out all the problems of the day. It is also very rewarding when you improve and really start to enjoy playing with others.
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    also if you march sax, or any instrument for that matter, its very good exercise.
    "The Junior School trumpet line sounds like an autistic monkey in a metal trashcan being thrown down a set of concrete stairs into a bed of spikes."

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    Oh yes, I forgot. I play Sax for the marching band. That's a lot of good exorcise since our season is almost the entire year.

    And to Person056 I agree with your Sig. The entire brass section in my school fits that description perfectly.

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    Straightened my teeth!

    Uh, no.
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    Chicks

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    Sanity. I work too much and have little kids. Going to a bar and playing blues keeps me able to do it again another week.

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    Quote Originally Posted by marton View Post
    Chicks
    That's it, and succinctly put, too.
    A lot of good arguments are ruined by some fool who knows what he's talking about.

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    Man, I've always put down the saxophone for years at a time. When I wasn't playing sax I was writing composition. I'll never be the sax player I could have been because of my incessant sabbaticals from playing it.

    Well, being that I just retired I decided to see if I could find a new love for it. Now for many years my jaw never closed right and every time I would open my mouth my jaw would always pop and it was always an uneven transition between opening and closing my mouth. I think I started to play again roughly 8 months ago and since then my jaw is absolutely fine. No more popping, no more uneven transition. My jaw opens perfectly! It's actually like a miracle.

    I think this in itself will help me to try and stick with it this time. I'm too afraid to stop! lol....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raphyel View Post
    When I was about 9 years old I fell on a broken glass bottle and it went right into my wrist severing everything imaginable (nerves tendons artery you name it) My parents got me a sax to help rehabilitate my left hand (I still dont have 100%, but a lot better than when that accident happened almost 30 years ago).
    Hey Raphyel - I had almost the same accident, at about the same age, except I put my right hand through a glass pane on a door that was slammed on me. I cut tendons and artery; lots of blood all over. I still have a lot of scars on my wrist (it looks like I tried to slit my wrists). I also still have some limitations on the use of my hand and wrist, but I never thought about how playing clarinet then and sax later may have helped get my hand and wrist back to near normal.
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    Benefits for sax players? The union doesn't even offer that.
    Let me see; Bird, Coltrane and Dolphy all died young, so I don't think that playing the sax does anything for your health.
    And as far as "chicks", once they see that you work nights in bars full of women, that fascination wears thin real quick.

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    Quote Originally Posted by whaler View Post
    Benefits for sax players? The union doesn't even offer that.
    Let me see; Bird, Coltrane and Dolphy all died young, so I don't think that playing the sax does anything for your health.
    And as far as "chicks", once they see that you work nights in bars full of women, that fascination wears thin real quick.
    Well Bird was a drug addict/alcoholic, Trane was an ex drug addict and Dolphy didn't receive the correct treatment for his diabetes. I don't have any of them has anything to do with playing the saxophone.

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    Yeah that chick thing works different ways. I met my wife (of 44 years) at the bar during intermission one night. She was there because she likes to dance. I was there to play music. Before the kids came along I had to sit on the stand and watch her dance with a lot of different guys. Then after the kids came, I had to make sure I made more than the babysitter.

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