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Playing alto sax with piano or guitar [duplicate]

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 ...
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When an Eb instrument plays the Concert F scale, what note do they start on? [duplicate]

When an Eb instrument plays the Concert F scale, what note do they start on? plz help? I was confused on this question and need more clarification because I play a Concert Bb instrument.
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Why does my clarinet play a “Bb” when the music shows a “C” and I finger for a “C”? [duplicate]

I am trying to learn to play the clarinet and was doing fairly well until I tried to play a tune with my granddaughters on flute and piano. My clarinet was not in tune with their instruments. I have ...
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Notes associated with trumpet [duplicate]

I recently was looking at trumpet models, and I saw something that baffled me. The trumpets had a note associated with them, an example being: "Standard Bb Trumpet". What do these notes (the Bb in the ...
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What are the practical reasons for still having transposing instruments?

I understand that historically there was a need for transposing instruments. e.g. Brass instruments would use lead pipes to change their key and players in brass bands would like to stick to the same ...
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Why do instruments have a key?

There are many instruments that have keys other than C. For example: The Eb Alto Saxophone The Bb Clarinet The Horn in F Why do these instruments have a key in the first place? Here's a more ...
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Definition of the note C

That I'm using the note C is arbitrary, I could be using any other. How would you define a C? If you define it as the tone with frequency 261.6 Hz (or 2^n * 261.6) then you run into problems when you ...
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does everyone in the orchestra (or ensemble) play in the same key?

Does everyone have to play in the same key or is the key accustomed to the instrument section? for example, clarinet would use Bb major? What is a transposing instrument?
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Trombone C Vs Bb : Fundamental Vs transposing

I'm an amateur tenor trombone player. I learnt to play by playing with other, never learnt much music theory. I have a question regarding the "name" of the trombone. The traditional tenor trombone ...
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Is my trumpet sound shifted?

I am new to trumpet, bought one recently and here's what I found: The trumpet looks like Bb kind: I googled Bb trumpet fingerings (e.g. this) and they all say that all open valves (and lowest note) ...
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Why are there transposing instruments? [duplicate]

I just play guitar and harmonica, but I understand that some instruments are considered transposing instruments. Nobody has ever explained the reasons for transposing instruments other than they are ...
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How do I play do re mi fa sol la si on my soprano recorder?

I am confused about there being different lowest notes for different sizes. My soprano recorder says descant B. it is an average sized recorder(yamaha yrs 24b). What will the fingering be like if I ...
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Why is sheet music for guitar different from piano [duplicate]

Why is middle C on guitar music played an octave lower in pitch on guitar than on piano? I can play guitar while reading from piano music on the grand staff with middle C at concert, and it's not any ...