By a stroke of fate, I've found myself in a local orchestra. One of the pieces we're working on is Saint-Saens' Romance for Flute, which starts off in D-flat major (5 flats), then modulates to E major (4 sharps), and so on. (Why do composers do this? Are they sadists?)
Does anyone have any tricks for dealing with excessive sharps or flats? I've heard mention of things like imagining they aren't there and shifting your hand half a position - is this practical?
I'm sure this has caused headaches for many violinists. But for me it's even worse, since the same stroke of fate that put me in this orchestra also has me playing viola there - so I'm trying to master alto clef in addition to everything else. Does anyone have suggestions that would help my poor tired brain figure out how to play this stuff?
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