Thursday, July 09, 2009

Q & A #2: Transposing for Bb for tenor saxophone

If the music is transposed for Bb for tenor sax, then up an octave, do the notes wind up floating way above the staff? Would a middle C turn into a D way above, with a stack of short little lines under it. Would that make it harder to learn to read those notes??
you are correct. If you wanted the tenor saxophone to sound in same pitch, you will write a ninth (octave plus one) higher.

However, often one wants to use the register of tenor that is normally played. Then you transpose only a major second higher. In that case the tenor will sound octave lower than the original music in concert C.


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Thanks for the explanation, and the interesting web link.


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