How to play horn tabs?

sander's picture

Tip: Don't play the tab if you've never heard the song... Download or buy it first and listen carefully...

The letters represent the note you play
"+" (or "#" ) are sharps, "-" (sometimes "b" ) are flats
1 2 and 3 represent octives
Notes in Parentheses followed by * and a number represents how many times to play that phrase


Do re mi fa sol la ti do
C  D  E  F  G   A  B  C

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DIEGOMF's picture
Joined: 2016-03-23
partituras de una cancion porfavor

podrian darme lasnotas de una cancion llamada maldita soldedad de salonvictoria para saxo alto

tromboneman5353's picture
Joined: 2012-12-08
How do u know the length of

How do u know the length of the note

stuape27's picture
Joined: 2011-11-28
From listening to the song,

From listening to the song, horn tabs don't have length, at least I've not found a tab with it

ombraninja's picture
Joined: 2011-08-02

Do Re Mi Fa Sol La "SI" Do


Valostar's picture
Joined: 2009-03-12
also, my biggest pet peeve,

also, my biggest pet peeve, is that people who tab need to know this: + and - go BEFORE the note, # and b go AFTER the note. I hate having to go through the tab myself and fix this.

Example: +G2 <----right! G+2<-----wrong
G#2 <----right! #G2 <-----wrong

devino246's picture
Joined: 2009-07-01
actually, it would be +g2 //

actually, it would be +g2 // + or - use lowercase, # or b use uppercase

acousticbandit's picture
Joined: 2009-11-03
Just a quick question with

Just a quick question with regards to tabbing and the sheet music viewer fancypants thing you guys have here. I understand the bit about G# and G#2 and what not for the sharps and flats (flat is just a 'b' ?) but when do the numbers change? C1 would be middle C? and C2 the C in the 3rd space? (talking treble clef) and then C3 the C two leger lines above the treble clef staff? Is this correct? Thanks just don't want to make a stupid tab Smile

Savage's picture
Joined: 2009-03-12

You've almost got it. The number system isn't universal, it's different for each instrument (I'll use saxes to explain this since you're a sax player, or so says your profile). The number 1 refers to the lowest octave the instrument can play the given note. On alto, Bb1 would be the low Bb (with all the fingers), Bb2 would be the mid-range one, and Bb3 would be the high one (with the octave key). Bb4 would be an altissimo note. On tenor, these letter-number combinations represent the same fingerings. On any instrument, some 1 is going to be the lowest note it can hit. The number switches when you get to the note an octave above the lowest note on the instrument. For alto and tenor (and soprano), the numbers change on Bb, since that's the lowest note they can hit. Therefore, Bb1 is the space beneath the first ledger line (of course all saxes read in treble clef), G#2 would be the first space above the staff, F3 would be the space above the 3rd ledger line, etc. The only difference with bari sax is the low A key. This makes the numbers reset on A, so A2 on alto/tenor is the one with the octave key, but for bari A2 is the mid-range one (since A1 is already used to mean low A). Each instrument resets at their own place, based on their lowest note. I don't know if you know anything about brass, but for trumpet, the lowest note (without getting into pedal tones) is an F#, so the numbers would change on F#, and trombone's lowest note (normally) is an E, so they change on E. Basically, all you have to remember is that 1 is the lowest note the instrument can hit, so C1 would be lowest C the saxophone can hit (which of course is the first ledger line below the staff), C2 would be the 2nd lowest note it can hit (middle finger left hand). For alto and tenor sax, the 1s range from Bb beneath the staff to A in the middle of the staff, the 2s from Bb middle line up to A (first ledger line above the staff), 3s are from Bb above the staff up to the altissimo A (space above the 4th ledger line). This is probably more than you'll ever use, but you can see how this would carry on if you needed to tab ridiculous altissimo parts.

I think I've made that as clear as possible (actually, I'm almost sure I over explained it), so I hope that helps. Tab on.

wingwinder's picture
Joined: 2010-04-03
Actually there is a universal

Actually there is a universal system

For treble clef, the C below the staff is c1 (lowercase c)
then it goes up to the b middle of the staff which is b1
c middle of the staff is c2
goes up in a similar fashion, always with lowercase letters

There is also one for bass clef
c right above the staff is c1 again
everything above that follow what i explained ^
everything between the b below c1 and the next c on the staff is just a lowercase letter with nothing on it.
Then the next octave is capital letters
then you add in another letter (AA or CC)
you keep adding on letters every octave.

I think adopting this kind of system would work much better, at least if you are reading treble or bass clef as it would eliminate a lot of confusion, especially for people who primarily read sheet music.