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#beginquote# A horn section is only limited to what key they can play in by the ability of the musicians. Most horn players are comfortable in flat keys more so than sharp keys. Good keys for horn players include Bb Concert, Eb Concert, F concert, and, depending on the players, G or D Concert. Now, if you have the right horn section, they can play in whatever key you want them to. Orchestration can be difficult to grasp for someone just starting out. The most confusing thing is probably the transpositions. For example, if the piano plays a C, a trumpet, clarinet, or tenor sax must play a D, and an alto or bari sax must play an A in order for the notes to match up. The first thing you must know is that piano, guitar, bass guitar, trombone, flute, and tuba are all concert instruments that do not transpose. If you play a C on those instruments, you will hear a C. Clarinet, trumpet, and tenor saxophone are Bb instruments. If you play a C on those instruments you will hear a Bb. Alto Saxophone and bari saxophone are Eb instruments. If you play a C on those instruments, you will hear an Eb. My suggestion is to take a course at a local college in orchestration, or have a musician you trust teach it to you face to face. This is the most detailed description I can give you in a forum. Good luck and feel free to post or e-mail me if you have anymore questions! #endquote#
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