Tenor Sax transposition & audio is not working correctly

• Apr 14, 2023 - 06:41

Hi there. The tenor sax parts and sound in Musescore seems to playback an Octave lower than written in concert, and does not transpose correctly.
ie, if I display parts in concert pitch and enter a middle C on a trumpet, alto, and tenor part, the tenor part is playing back an Octave lower than it should, and it is also not transposing up a Maj 9th as it should.
Is there a fix for this? Is there a workaround?


In reply to by Jojo-Schmitz

Strange. I'll attach a file when I get back to the office, but all i do is create a brand new score and add tpt and tnr and the tnr plays back one octave too low, and does not transpose correctly. At fist I thought it was user error, but I have students also bringing me charts and the tenor is playing back in the wrong octave. I use Finale primarily and it doesn't work this way in Finale, but I'm trying to switch to musescore as many students use it. thanks

In reply to by joeldadrummer

It's strange to me why Musescore would default to what is considered the 'vocal tenor clef' for the tenor sax in concert.

"The octave treble clef with the number 8 printed below is also known as the vocal tenor clef. The vocal tenor clef is used in vocal music for the male tenor voice part to indicate that the tenor voice actually sounds an octave lower that where it is notated in the normal treble clef. The vocal tenor clef should not be confused with the C clef that is also named tenor clef."

In reply to by Jojo-Schmitz

Putting it in 'Vocal tenor clef 'creates even more ledger lines if you want it to play in the correct octave, and is not accurate at all. Finale puts Tenor Sax in Bass clef in Concert, Sibelius puts it in regular Treble Clef. Musescore using a clef designed for vocalists to easily read an octave lower is not helping, or accurate, and creates a lot of confusion. This should be changed. Please ask some arrangers or woodwind players.

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