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Call me crazy... but this is a chart I think I can work from... initially.

I just made it myself, so please let me know if you see any errors... thanks!



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Actually, thinking about it... I much prefer it like the one below for two reasons...

First, as a bass player, I think from the lowest note up...
Second, it's reads forwards alphabetically, not backwards...
which again, seems much easier for me to follow...



Am I crazy or what? :dontknow:
 

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You're definitely crazy.

You're making a concert key fingering chart. For your purposes that's probably OK, unless you go to a Bb instrument, and have to transpose. Also, it doesn't follow musical convention. (Again OK, if you don't mind communication difficulties with other players--but you've already expressed your iconoclastic tendencies).

The only suggestion so far is the fingering for concert C#/Db.
x00|xoo is kind of stuffy and out of tune. Try xx0|000 +the bottom side key or Xx00|000 where x=that tiny key next to the pointer finger key.
 

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I think when I go to a Bb sax, I'll just change the letters
on the top line - and treat it like a new instrument.

Thanks for your C# suggestion...

 

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But why?

Are you playing from books written for concert key instruments?

If you are playing on this fingering from books written for Eb instruments and they have a CD playalong, you'll be playing in the wrong key?

I'm not sure why you're doing this.
 

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Dude, if you're a bass player you should read straight off the bass clef line with your alto. Just pay less attention to the incidentals, you'll have to transpose the key sig. (ACEG=FACE)

I used to play the trombonist music over their shoulders at practice this way.
 

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Marty & Aiki - I'm not a reader, I play by ear... only to record my own stuff.

Same with the bass and keyboards, I play those by ear too.
 

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Marty & Aiki - I'm not a reader, I play by ear... only to record my own stuff.

Same with the bass and keyboards, I play those by ear too.
It sounds sort-of like inverse transposing. I guess we do this unconsciously all the time when we switch horns on the same song. That, or I'm a schizophrenic.
 

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if your a Eb horn player, reading a bass line, all you do is add three sharps/take away 3 flats.
 
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