#1
Hey sax players, can you tell me which minor keys are easiest to play in, especially for tenor?

Thanks in advance.

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This should be in MT.

I used to play saxophone for five years. Any key can be simple to play in, it just depends on what jumps and passages you're notating. Mind if you show the notation and key?
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This should be in MT.

I used to play saxophone for five years. Any key can be simple to play in, it just depends on what jumps and passages you're notating. Mind if you show the notation and key?

Well, I heard that sax players really don't like key sigs with sharps in them. They like to read flats instead.

The notation will be transposed.

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Well, I heard that sax players really don't like key sigs with sharps in them. They like to read flats instead.

The notation will be transposed.

I can see where that's true. There are alway going to be some exceptions with others preferring sharps over flats but work with the musicians you've got. Just remember not to make giant leaps from extreme ends of the instrument's spectrum in massive repetitions and expect the notes to come through strong and clean (unless if they're virtuosos and used to those sorts of shenanigans. )
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Since Tenor is a Bb instrument, Bb major, has no sharps of flats. Therefore G min (relative minor) also has no sharps or flats. So, i guess that would be the easiest.
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A minor

no flats or sharps

A minor for sax does have accidentals though, because sax parts are transposed. A minor for tenor sax is 2 sharps.

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Since Tenor is a Bb instrument, Bb major, has no sharps of flats. Therefore G min (relative minor) also has no sharps or flats. So, i guess that would be the easiest.

If its a Bb instrument, then you need to play D major, not Bb Major. Seeing as notes are two halfsteps lower than a C instrument, you have to play the key two halfsteps up *Ex: playing C major concert pitch, youd play D major*
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EDIT** ^^ Is tenor a Bb instrument? I thought It was Eb. If its a Bb instrument, disregard my post TS

Alto is Eb. Tenor is Bb.

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Tenor sax is a Bb instrument. Concert G minor (aka A minor on the sax) would be easiest. because it's the relative minor to C major, with no sharps or flats. just play all the standard notes on the instrument.
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I can see where that's true. There are alway going to be some exceptions with others preferring sharps over flats but work with the musicians you've got. Just remember not to make giant leaps from extreme ends of the instrument's spectrum in massive repetitions and expect the notes to come through strong and clean (unless if they're virtuosos and used to those sorts of shenanigans. )

I'm writing for a competition so I don't actually know who's playing, so I guess it's better to be on the safe side. Thanks.

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Tenor sax is a Bb instrument. Concert G minor (aka A minor on the sax) would be easiest. because it's the relative minor to C major, with no sharps or flats. just play all the standard notes on the instrument.

Bb instruments play two halfsteps above the Concert pitch, not two below. They play B minor (Relative to D major)
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