Take it up an octave. Or play it in a different key. (After getting agreement from the rest of the band first, of course!) Or break the line or substitute another note, as appropriate.Have any of you heard of a soprano sax or tenor sax with a Low A?
I noticed a few songs which go down to Low A in jazz books on the Bb version. This would not be a problem for a clarinet or trumpet, but it I don't know what to do on sax.
this! Or take an alto sax....Take it up an octave. Or play it in a different key. (After getting agreement from the rest of the band first, of course!) Or break the line or substitute another note, as appropriate.
why not play it on alto flute? I keep trying to find excuses to play alto flute, C soprano, and bass sax.I just alter/improvise the usual melody-line when playing my Bb soprano if it requires a note lower than concert Ab. I recently joined a group that has an occasional female vocalist. She is superb, but when she does LA VIE EN ROSE, we do it in G and that required a melody note down to concert G below my lowest note. What I do is all improv so I just varied the melody line a bit. I'm the only horn in the group.
And yes, I tried the knee-trick but that only gave me muffled sound that was worse than varying the melody. Going up an octave proved to be too high for the ensemble-blend. DAVE
I sure hear where you're coming from on the schleppage. Somehow my load gets bigger every year, not smaller. Sometimes I wish I could be one of those guys who says "hey, I play tenor (or whatever) and I play that only" and just carry the one horn. But then someone calls me up and says "Hey man, can you sub for me Thursday on alto/flute/baritone/soprano/bass sax/upright bass/accordion/crumhorn/theorbo/tromba marina? It pays $15 and gas money" and like an idiot I say "Yeah, sure, cool!" and I find myself bringing an alphorn and a harpsichord to the gig.After all these years, I'm done with schlepping several instruments and a carry-on-like bag to gigs. Besides NOT playing flute, I can do most everything on soprano, my main axe. No one seemed to notice that I did not play the low concert G in that melody - and I'm not bound to any written arrangement anyway. DAVE
I was thinking that.Take it up an octave. Or play it in a different key. (After getting agreement from the rest of the band first, of course!) Or break the line or substitute another note, as appropriate.
Heck, I've seen charts with baritone sax parts showing a low Ab! Although that wasn't as bad as the one that was written in bass clef, but still transposed to Eb, or the one that was written for an F instrument (French horn) but labeled "baritone sax".