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 Bari Sax transposition
Author: Ed Lowry 
Date:   2017-11-09 21:24

I’ll be playing a short bari sax part on bass clarinet, but I’m not certain whether I go up or down. When I read [C4] on the bari part, where on the staff does the corresponding F appear for the bass clarinet?

Thanks for your help.



Post Edited (2017-11-09 21:25)

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 Re: Bari Sax transposition
Author: Chris P 
Date:   2017-11-09 21:30

When you see a written C, you go down a perfect 5th to F when transposing from bari sax (or EEb contra-alto clarinet) to bass clarinet. So that low C on bari sax will be low F on bass clarinet.

Chris.

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 Re: Bari Sax transposition
Author: Jordan Selburn 
Date:   2017-11-10 19:12

A trick that might help is to think of the note an octave higher than written, then play that note *without* using the register key.

In your example of middle C, think of it as the third-space C and play that note without the register key - a low F!

Obviously this won't work for the entire range (for example, a written third-line D or higher), but can be a useful tool.

Jordan

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 Re: Bari Sax transposition
Author: Ed Lowry 
Date:   2017-11-10 22:38

Thanks Chris and Jordan. Very helpful. Nice trick from Jordan.

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 Re: Bari Sax transposition
Author: cigleris 
Date:   2017-11-11 00:52

Another trick that works for me is to read as bass clef and transpose up a tone changing sharps and flats accordingly

Peter Cigleris

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 Re: Bari Sax transposition
Author: Ed 
Date:   2017-11-13 01:45

Quote:

A trick that might help is to think of the note an octave higher than written, then play that note *without* using the register key.


The trick I use when teaching alto students while I play clarinet would work for bari to BC. It is similar to Jordan's trick. It works in the lower range in the same way.

Look at the Eb sax part and finger the clarinet as if it is a sax. Low C sax fingering is the Low F on clarinet, D becomes low G, etc.

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