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I was at my Saturday Jazz band when the conductor asked me to play a song with a lot of ridiculous notes. When I was about 1/4 through the music asked me to play a low A on the tenor, only keyed to low Bb. The conductor told me that I can play a low A without having the need for the Low A key. He told me to play a low Bb but with my knee half closing the bell. IT WORKED !!!

Try it. It really produces a good sound. :D
 

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That trick I know. My current problem is the tenor part of "Tartarian Dances" by Elena Roussanova Lucas - the tenor part in the last movement goes down to G. I suspect a careless piece of cutting and pasting, and equally careless proof reading. Thank you Belwin-Mills!
 

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But it cuts the arranger's work load if the tenor part doubles the bass clarinet. I've seen a chart with low E. Unplayable? That's the tenor player's problem.
 

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But it cuts the arranger's work load if the tenor part doubles the bass clarinet. I've seen a chart with low E. Unplayable? That's the tenor player's problem.
More like it's the composer/arranger/publisher's problem. Their collective reputations go down the drain.
 

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I used to play with a Bari player who only had a low Bb horn, and he used to do this all the time. It always amazed me how precisely he could hit that low A.
 

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It's a really old trick that's been around since the '30s. I saw Brecker do it on a video on you tube.
 

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I love going for that note, especially while wearing my kilt. The audience's collective inhalation really sucks that low 'A' out of the horn:shock: :twisted: :D
 

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Followed by pointing and laughter?
 

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I had fun teaching this to a young student. Played Sister Sadie starting on "middle" A, then bet him I could drop the phrase a whole octave.
 

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EZ said:
I had fun teaching this to a young student. Played Sister Sadie starting on "middle" A, then bet him I could drop the phrase a whole octave.
I'm guessing the young student didn't owe you a beer.....
 
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