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answered What is the scale played on this chord progression?
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Oh, and I do use this with no half valves, in big band situation. For example, bending down then immediately back (the accent looks like a u).
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comment Key choice for brass instruments
@jjmusicnotes? Only instrument, how about French horn, tubas? I'm not sure why flat keys resonate better with the fundamental of the (open?) instrument? Why would written Bb major (one whole tone below open) resonate better than A major (one and a half tone), and A major worse than Ab major?
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Which partial a tone builds on is nothing you think about when you play, especially if you've been playing since you were a kid. C# comes earlier than Db in the list of key signatures.
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It is from the viewpoint of the arranger that I am asking the question. It is important for the arranger to know what brass players prefer, if given the choice, the arranger could make the one that is easy on the players. I play the trumpet, and when arranging for trumpets I do try to avoid the low C#, because even if it's manageable, depending on the trumpeters' level, its intonation doesn't often get the attention it should. I am guilty of that as a player myself.
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@jjmusicnotes: this assumes concert key. I am talking about playing key. "Sharp keys are harder to tune" is very much of interest, could you develop this?
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I'm not sure about your "crossing breaks" reasoning. I understand that you mean that playing G to G# jumps from one partial to another, but we're talking keys here. You have either a G or a G#. If it's a G you have such a break to the A (or Ab), if it's a G# you have such a break to the F#.
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comment Key choice for brass instruments
As @MattPuman wrote, most of them are still adding sharps. Besides, my question is about preferred keys, a given arrangement might fail to make everybody happy.
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I am on page with that concept, but I am sure my references did mean playing key.
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comment Key choice for brass instruments
Keys, yes, corrected. My first reaction was that they meant concert key, but these sources replied that they did mean playing key.
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