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    Hi all

    I am beginner player in alto sax .. I can play from the music sheet ,, but i dont have the experience that allow me to play by my ear ..
    So,here in my country we dont have any sax players .. even the music we dont play this kind of instrument ...
    usually we play Piano , violin , cello , guitar ,, etc
    we have beautiful song that I want to play in my alto sax ..
    I need it know what is the best way to transpose alto sax ... is it from violin music sheet or piano ,,,
    what is the easiest way and similar music sheet to alto ,,,
    I have heard from my friend that violin music sheet is similar to sax music sheet ?
    is it true ?


    with best of regards ,,

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    Quote Originally Posted by oudai View Post
    I have heard from my friend that violin music sheet is similar to sax music sheet ?
    is it true ?
    Sadly not.

    See: https://tamingthesaxophone.com/saxophone-transposition
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pete Thomas View Post
    ummm you have not got my question ,,, I know that the alto sax in different key which is in Eb ...
    but my questions is If i need to transpose the music sheet... which instrument that i need to pick it up? ... is Piano or violin ( i know all violin and piano and guitar in the same key which is C ) but the easiest way for me is the Villon or piano ... etc ,,
    bestof regards

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    Default Re: transposition alto sax

    If I understand your question correctly, I think it would be better to transpose music written for the violin, because the phrasing on a sax is already closer to a violin than a piano.

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    I guess it will depend on the genre. I'm guessing that you want certain pieces, standards, folk music, classical works- that transfer the tune suitably from piano, etc, to your horn, and achieve a similar effect.

    To read 'at sight' from violin, etc, to alto could be fiddly, a minor third down. An original part in C major, for instance, would have to be A major on the alto. Longer term, the best way is to crack general transposition theory. There are loads of websites, i.e. http://musictheoryblog.blogspot.co.u...sposition.html and, of course, Mr Thomas's link, as above!

    I was taught one trick, though by a music teacher and bassist- take a suitable line on cello or other bass clef instrument- in bass clef, in, for example, G major. Read it instead as treble clef. Add three sharps. The note G in bass now reads as E, and is in E major- i.e., a C concert part onto alto or baritone key.

    It can be tricky with lots of accidentals, but can be handy for gigs where the parts aren't all available. Good luck!
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    Quote Originally Posted by oudai View Post
    ummm you have not got my question ,,, I know that the alto sax in different key which is in Eb ...
    but my questions is If i need to transpose the music sheet...
    Your question seemed as if you weren't sure about transposition, so I linked to the article that explains transposition. But if you already know the saxophone is a transposing instrument in Eb, and how to transpose, what else is it you need to know?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alain Gen View Post
    If I understand your question correctly, I think it would be better to transpose music written for the violin, because the phrasing on a sax is already closer to a violin than a piano.
    umm thats why when I have try to read the piano music sheet this i try to traspose this music sheet its difiicult ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pete Thomas View Post
    Your question seemed as if you weren't sure about transposition, so I linked to the article that explains transposition. But if you already know the saxophone is a transposing instrument in Eb, and how to transpose, what else is it you need to know?
    What I mean ... I know all the transposing key between C key to Eb ...
    but when I have try to reed the music sheet for guitr and try to transpose these note .. It seem to me too difficult ...
    so my friend advice me to look on violin music sheet because the phrasing is similar to sax ,,, so is he right about it ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by oudai View Post
    umm thats why when I have try to read the piano music sheet this i try to traspose this music sheet its difiicult ...
    But piano music would transpose the same, up a major 6 for alto saxophone.

    The main difficulty would be that there would be more than one note at a time, or at least distinguishing the melody line form accompaniment
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pete Thomas View Post
    But piano music would transpose the same, up a major 6 for alto saxophone.

    The main difficulty would be that there would be more than one note at a time, or at least distinguishing the melody line form accompaniment
    yes that what i mean exactly ,,, so , need your advice which instrument it easy to read and transpose ... the piano there are two line at the same time .. and guitar there something related to fingering stile ... so I am just confused which instrument i can pick it up for transposition

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    Quote Originally Posted by oudai View Post
    yes that what i mean exactly ,,, so , need your advice which instrument it easy to read and transpose ...
    In my experience any concert pitch instrument is easiest to transpose, as it is up a major 6. Other instruments, e.g. Trumpet I find harder because I'm more used to transposing concert pitch.

    Phrasing is irrelevant in this context.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pete Thomas View Post
    In my experience any concert pitch instrument is easiest to transpose, as it is up a major 6. Other instruments, e.g. Trumpet I find harder because I'm more used to transposing concert pitch.

    Phrasing is irrelevant in this context.
    umm ok .. thank you very much

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    Quote Originally Posted by oudai View Post
    yes that what i mean exactly ,,, so , need your advice which instrument it easy to read and transpose ... the piano there are two line at the same time .. and guitar there something related to fingering stile ... so I am just confused which instrument i can pick it up for transposition
    Yes - transpose the violin music for your alto sax...It will sound fine.

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