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A is C - Why?

Rock Lobster

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Hi everybody,

I cannot find an explanation that i can understand to this question but i bet someone out there knows.

If a piano player hits C then for me to play the same note on my alto I play A, why call that tone A? Why dont us alto players call that tone C then no more transposition?

I appretiate there will be a simple answer but everyone i ask seems to take a great interest in their shoes and uses the word er.... a lot.

Sorry for being thick, can anyone help?
 

Steve John B

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I was going to answer this with reference to altos being E flat and tenors B flat, then I got confused and started saying "er" a lot...
 

Rock Lobster

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Thanks Pete,this clears my question up nicely. I think this is what people were trying to say but not in a concise way.

Cheers,
 
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