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BUMNOTE

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Think this is in correct place! Have been asked to help out in a band. They are playing Shake Rattle and Roll,in A. So does that mean Tenor plays in B and alto F"/Gb. We have found some notes for above song on Sax Transcriptions website,saying Alto sax key of C..Concert Eb..the notes are..C C B B Bb Bb B B C..so if a tenor player wanted to play would his notes be F F E E D" D" E E F or are we way off the mark. If this is incorrect,any chance some kind person could tell us what the notes would be for us to play if the band play in A Please.Many thanks.Bumnote.
 

Pete Thomas

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Yes indeed

A = B on tenor and F# on alto.

If you want to play it in Eb, then alto is in C and tenor is in F.

Not sure where C C B B Bb Bb B B C fits into Shake Rattle & Roll. Sounds more like Batman.

But if you want that riff in the key of A concert,

then for tenor:

B B Bb Bb A A Bb Bb A

and for alto:

F# F# F F E E F F F#
 
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You're right that if concert A (3#) then B (5#) for tenor and F# (6#) for alto...

If you've got parts in concert C, you've got a double transposition to do... turn that into A then turn it into your instrument, taking a LOT of care over any accidentals...
 

BUMNOTE

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Yes indeed

A = B on tenor and F# on alto.

If you want to play it in Eb, then alto is in C and tenor is in F.

Not sure where C C B B Bb Bb B B C fits into Shake Rattle & Roll. Sounds more like Batman.

But if you want that riff in the key of A concert,

then for tenor:

B B Bb Bb A A Bb Bb A

and for alto:

F# F# F F E E F F F#
Sorry to Pete and tenorviol,for confusion, song is See you later alligator and not shake rattle and roll...see what you up against!!!
 

BUMNOTE

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If a band says they playing in C does that mean they using Cmaj scale,and so alto would use Amaj scale and tenor use D.Also would the alto and tenor players be able to use the respective pentatonic and blues scales to to improvise.Thanks Bumnote.
 

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If a band says they playing in C does that mean they using Cmaj scale,

Generally if people say C without anything to qualify it as major or minor, then yes it would be C major which is A major on alto and D major on tenor


Also would the alto and tenor players be able to use the respective pentatonic and blues scales to to improvise.Thanks Bumnote.

Yes, provided they are relevant to the style and fit the chord sequence.
 

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