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okay, i dont know if this will sound stupid, but anyways!

Ive got an Alto saxophone, and its Eb (or so it says) i have little music experience... so if my saxophone is Eb, and say im playing with a band thats playing in C, what do I do to be in tune with them?

I dont think this makes much sense, im sorry! :?
 

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If the band is in C major you will be in A major. A quick way of working it out is to add 3 sharps to whatever key the band are playing in and that will give you your key. Of couse you need to know your cycle of keys (cycle of 5ths)...

If the band is guitar based you'll find that keys like G, A and E predominate (concert). Which will put you in some 'sharp intensive' keys on alto - E, F# and C# respectively. Get to that shed!!
 

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We see this question many times.
It has been answered in depth many times.

I won't bother to cover that ground again and answer your question,
but I will add this.....

I think it is important for ANY sax player to learn some theory.
On drums and guitar and even piano, to a certain extent, you can get
away with not knowing the theory behind what you are playing.

Sax is not so intuitive. You can't see your fingers and changing key
one semitone is a whole different ball game.
It will help your progress immensly to learn even the basics of music
theory. When you have done this, the answer to your question will
be obvious. It is not difficult or rocket science, so I suggest you get
a few music lessons.
 
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