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The original recording of this song (key of A) on tenor seems to include a low A. Am I just hearing this wrong or is Boots really hitting a low A? If not, what is the lowest note in the original key of this song? Can anyone point me to the sheet music for the original arrangement?
 

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In the Tenor version I have the key is A and it's mostly played in the upper octave and the lowest note seems to be regular low A (no octave key) in bars 40, 41 and 49 and there seems to be an Altissimo F# in bars 11, 19, 47 and 55 as well.

The first few notes on my version are E F# and then two A's all with the octave key.
 

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Try this for a starter...
 

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Yes that version would be better as it's in the key of G for Tenor and so the lowest note is regular G with no octave key and the highest note is E with the octave key rather than in the key of A which has the lowest note being regular A with no octave key and the highest note being Altissimo F#.

What key was it originally recorded in?
 

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Hmmmm...I'll have to go back and look this one over...I thought I learned it off the original recording from the "Yakkin' Sax Man" album. I learned it in the key of C concert. I do know that Boots re-recorded it in a different key later and played it live later in a different key. In that version it goes down to low D on the sax and maybe ledger line B for the highest note. It yaks really well in that range.
 

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Hmmmm...I'll have to go back and look this one over...I thought I learned it off the original recording from the "Yakkin' Sax Man" album. I learned it in the key of C concert. I do know that Boots re-recorded it in a different key later and played it live later in a different key. In that version it goes down to low D on the sax and maybe ledger line B for the highest note. It yaks really well in that range.
I have transposed it for alto in that range, but play it on whatever horn you want...
 

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Thanks for all the posts, guys. It sounds to me like the original (I.E. This recording):


Is in the key of A, low register, and goes like this:

A, A, F#, E, C, C#, E, C#, F#, E, C#, B, A

Am I wrong? If not, how is Boots getting that low A out of his tenor?
 

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Same as anyone else, finger the low Bb and blow it into the inside of your left thigh/knee.
 

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Do you have a link for the performance you cite?
 

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OK, I listened again and still haven't seen/heard a low A. Where is it (time)?
 

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Thanks for all the posts, guys. It sounds to me like the original (I.E. This recording):


Is in the key of A, low register, and goes like this:

A, A, F#, E, C, C#, E, C#, F#, E, C#, B, A

Am I wrong? If not, how is Boots getting that low A out of his tenor?
That does not sound like any recording I have of Boots on Yakety Sax. Neither of the arrangements on the Yakety Sax or Best of albums use this rendition. This is just a Yakety Sax arrangement used by the Benny Hill show. I don't believe Boots blew that arrangement for the show.

Checked two copies of a Yakety Sax transcription. One is from Boot's very own Nashville Classics. One is from John Laughter. There is no A below middle C on any of those arrangements.
 

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Damn you, Willie. Now I've got that tune stuck in my head. I'll have to whistle "Polly Wolly Doodle" for a while to reset my mind.

Thank goodness for stuff like this:

 
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