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    Much to the annoyance of anyone living within 500 yards of me, I've been and gone and bought another Tenor Sax. I played one about 30 years ago in a band I was in and that was roughly when I sold it. Well, it made the band, and some of the audience very happy. When I sold it I mean. Anyway; I've re-bought one for another band I'm forming.
    Are there any Sax players on here? The reason I ask is, I can't get my head round the Peter Gunn theme. I used to play it all those years ago but it's gone out of my forgetory. I've transposed it from my guitar (in the key of E on that) but for the life of me, it's not working on the Sax for some reason. The first Sax part should be, I think; E B E G F but that's not sounding how it should. Or, because I don't read music, has anyone got the fingerings (ooooh Matron ) for the song please. I've searched all the usual places and can't find them.
    Thanks nicely.

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    Tenor sax is in key of b flat I think so have you transposed it to the correct key? I used to play Soprano sax (very badly) which is E flat from memory. I admire you being able to play without being able to read music, I could only ever play from a music sheet and even then I would get it wrong, my wife and daughter can listen to a piece and then play it without music, my grandmother and dad could as well but I have obviously not inherited their ear for music.
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    Thanks Timbo. Yep, this is in Bb. I think the transposition is right although earlier I did wonder that the Peter Gunn themes on Youtube are possibly pitched slightly different to each other. That may have a slight bearing on things possibly. Even so, I still can't get it right. A bit of a puzzler it is.

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    Hi There Rockabilly Billy, does the working out of the key you are playing work the
    same way as you would on a guitar, my mate can work out the key by working it
    out on his fingers, its still over the top of my head thou, as I'm only a novice guitarist.

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    Hellooo. Since my last post I've learned two things; 1. I've learned all the notes now (thanks for your kind offer Tiddytime) and transposed them to the Sax. 2. I musn't assume that everyone who plays the Peter Gunn theme on Youtube plays it in the key of E. Because they don't. But I was. No wonder it sounded like a consipated Donkey that was very constipated due to it eating too many eggs and thus ended up being very constipated. And egg bound.
    Why anyone would want to play the Peter Gunn theme in any other key than E is beyond me but then again, a lot of things are. Added to that, the pitch shifts or rather, it can do and that doesn't help either.
    Thanks for the help and info. As always it's very much appreciated.

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    The Saxophone, that is one instrument that I wish I had learned to play. Not that I learned to play any instrument.

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    There ain't no room for a sax in a rockabilly band Mr G, them there sax's are just jazzical.

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    Sort of related, love the sax on the Duane Eddy version of Peter Gunn
    Nuttier than squirrel shit

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    brading; And me! WagonMan; Your not wrong but, in my 'new' band I was thinking of doing a mixture of, of course, Rockabilly, and some Rock and Roll. Having said that though, what about Cast Iron Arm and Geraldine. Some good Sax tunes going on in there. steve1275: Yep, thats the best version I reckon although Johnny Ferreira does a fantastic version of it on Youtube. But, he plays it in concert F the tinker.

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    Well I learned a few thing because of this thread, never realised it was the theme to a tv series,(always assumed it was a Duane Eddy composition) never realised it was written by Henri Mancini,(for the same reason) or that it was played in so many keys! one I listened to sounded like it was in B with my guitar tuned E flat! had a go at working it out, and then thought probably someone has done the tab's or else a tuitional is on ewe tube, so just leave it, and stick to what you know!
    Just a passer by as you might say.

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