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I have no musical background but I can read sheet music. I just rented an Eb alto saxophone. I think I know the answer to the following question but I'm not sure: If a piano or guitar is playing a tune in the key of C or D, if I transpose their sheet music to the key of Eb for myself, will I be playing the identical notes as the piano and guitar?
If what I said above is accurate, why aren't the notes on the alto sax renamed to coincide with the names on the piano and guitar? For example, why isn't the G on the alto called F# to eliminate the necessity of transposing? Just curious about this last part. It would seem to be more simple and standardized for all instruments. Thanks!