Hi everyone. I am in my 50's and just learning Alto Sax. I can play a few tunes and am loving it.
I have played about 10 instruments over the past 35 but none have been transposing instruments mostly stringed instruments and accordion, piano ect.
I have never taken a music lesson and don't read sheet music very fast because I have always played by ear. I can muddle through sheet music slowly and am improving daily now with the sax.
I think I understand the whole reason behind a transposing instrument especially if your going to be playing in an orchestra or marching band and its your first instrument, but I am not sure if learning the notes on the sax that way is right for me. Since I already can read music in C why wouldn't I just learn the note/fingerings on the sax with the concert note names and then if I wanted to play off some sheet music I would find that song in C. Seems like there would be a lot more options to find the sheet music in C anyway wouldn't there??
I have started learning the transposition way and its getting easier but I am fighting it because I don't really see a benefit for me so can you set me straight on if I should continue with transposing and why?