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dooce

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Got a call from a band looking for a sax and obviously, being in only 3 bands at the moment, I said I would go along this evening for a try-out - fairly standard repertoire of rock/R&B/blues stuff that holds no great fears for me, but got a text this morning saying, oh, forgot to mention, one of our best received songs is "Will You" - can you come along and have a crack at the solo?

Aaarrgghhhh!!! Never played it my life, don't even particularly like it, don't like playing alto. So they are getting the safe version on tenor, the best I can manage in the 40-odd minutes practice time I'll have before I go out this evening. Could be the shortest audition on record.......
 

Taz

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Ha ha nice one Bill, I've been trying to learn that one for ages but I just keep getting lost. Trev, Saxlicker has got a lovely version on his sound click page Good luck with the new band!
 

dooce

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It's not that difficult technically (at least on tenor) but the phrasing and expression are bitches to get. I've just spent my lunch-hour tackling it and even though I still can't say it's one of my favourites, I've got to admit Wes Macoogan is some player.
 

rhysonsax

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One of my favourite solos and I have transcribed it (backings in song and sax solo) both for Eb alto and in Bb. It all falls in the range for soprano except for one note (low A I think).

If it's not too late, drop me a PM and I could email you the transcription(s) if that would help.

Rhys
 

MellowD

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I've just spent my lunch-hour tackling it

I see this a lot on the forum - is it standard practice to take your sax to work for a large amount of the sax population then?
I'm home all the time, so I'm spoiled!
 

Greg Strange

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This might help...

http://www.hazeloconnor.net/willyou.pdf

The solo is in concert pitch - whack it up a tone she'll be right for tenor... or soprano...

hang on there's a nasty low G there whack it up a major ninth for tenor or just buy a damn alto...:)))

Cheers,

Greg S.
 
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kevgermany

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I see this a lot on the forum - is it standard practice to take your sax to work for a large amount of the sax population then?
I'm home all the time, so I'm spoiled!
I just bought a soprano for that... Sit in the car and blow.
 

Taz

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I see this a lot on the forum - is it standard practice to take your sax to work for a large amount of the sax population then?
I'm home all the time, so I'm spoiled!
I just bought a soprano for that... Sit in the car and blow.
Ha ha I'm a lorry driver and I used to work nights. I took my alto to work and used to park up and play at about 3am. One morning I was in a deserted layby and I was blowing my heart out when all of a sudden there was a very loud banging on my door and another trucker who was trying to sleep shouted "Shut the f*^k up!" I hadn't realised that there were two parts of this lay by and he was parked on the other side of the hedge! :shocked::))):))):))):))):))):))):)))
 

What

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I see this a lot on the forum - is it standard practice to take your sax to work for a large amount of the sax population then?
I'm home all the time, so I'm spoiled!
Well now that I am the boss of special services (a bit better job the I had two weeks ago, but still kind of rubbish) perhaps I should bring my horn out. When I get too deep with customers I can get a bit of practice in till the store clears out.
 

dooce

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Nailed it! Well, strictly speaking, nailed the first 30-odd bars, and it was a bit free-form after that, but good enough to be offered a regular slot in the band. Thanks for the offer of the score Rhys but I saw it too late. I did download the dots from the Hazel O'Connor website, but they differed in quite a few areas from what I was hearing so I then re-wrote them with my interpretation, including some of the dynamics and phrasing. Still needs some work, but quite pleased that I pulled something off that a few hours earlier had looked like a particularly unlikely episode of "Mission Impossible"!
 

rhysonsax

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Nailed it! Well, strictly speaking, nailed the first 30-odd bars, and it was a bit free-form after that, but good enough to be offered a regular slot in the band. Thanks for the offer of the score Rhys but I saw it too late. I did download the dots from the Hazel O'Connor website, but they differed in quite a few areas from what I was hearing so I then re-wrote them with my interpretation, including some of the dynamics and phrasing. Still needs some work, but quite pleased that I pulled something off that a few hours earlier had looked like a particularly unlikely episode of "Mission Impossible"!
Well done Bill.

Transcription still available if you would like to compare it to what you have written down.

Rhys
 

Taz

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Ha ha well done Bill. I had my fingers crossed for you. Who and what they?
 
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