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nafmeadmin
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It works! It is crazy, but it works. I have been doing exactly this for my students in grades 6 – 8 for the last 10 years. Unfortunately, you do have to make a sacrifice. I have been very successful using the Standard of Excellence book 1 to start my band/orch group. I will not transpose the viola part to alto clef (even though I have started to do so). My violins can play from the oboe book, cello can play the baritone bc book, and my basses can use the electric bass part (you’ll have to adjust the fingerings for the double bass). As the group gains experience, you can start to introduce first position for violins and others. Until then, Eb and other half position fingerings are OK. Give it a try. Good luck.

Art G.
New York