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Re: What does Bb mean in regards to a fakebook?

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Posted by Asbestos Man on March 17, 2001 at 08:43:32:

In Reply to: Re: What does Bb mean in regards to a fakebook? posted by Rick Trheadgill on March 15, 2001 at 10:58:14:

: : The Bb means that this fake book is transcripted for instruments that are tuned in Bb. If such a instrument plays a C it sounds like the Bb on a piano or bass. So if you want to play a Eb minor blues on your Bass, intruments that are tuned in Bb like tenor saxophones or some trumpets have to play a F minor blues.
: : This fake book in Bb is the same as the fake book in C (for piano, bass, guitar...) but all notes and chords are transposed up 2 half-tones.
: : Hope this helps...

: : Toby Meyer

: So why in the helck do they do it like that. I'm a bass player that picked up the trumpet a little while ago. When I couldn't tune to my bass, I read ahead in my methods book and figured out why. Frustrating at first, it's expanded my ability to visualize the music. But why? It's just as easy for me to learn an open position as Bb rather than C, and it does seem to complicate things for the beginner. Please enlighten me.

: Rick

I'm not sure if this is the real reason - it's pretty stupid. But I think it's because the instrument only has a certain range, so they effectively change the value of the notes to fit the instrument.

I cannot think of a single reason that might validate this horribly useless and confusing quirk in our music standards.

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