Practical playing range

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Posted by Neil Dwyer on November 27, 1999 at 11:25:13:

Here goes one of those "flame thrower magnet" questions, what is a decent PRACTICAL high end for most players. I know some folks play way up in the treble staff on BBb horns all the time, but if you were writing a piece that would be played by musicians with a wide range of skills, on different pitched horns, what would it be? I have textbooks that suggest the upper range of a BBb horn is the top line of the staff, but that seems a bit low. I'm working with a composer who writes in third line G's all the time but hears complaints...... Thanx

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