I'm on tap to play the musical, "Chicago", later this month and into May. I'd like to get some advice on the bass book from those of you who've played this show. As people who've played the show know, the book you get from Samuel French is a Tuba/Bass book. I've never seen one before. All the shows I've played, that are scored for both instruments, have separate books. The idea is for one musician to double the show on tuba and bass. It would be impossible for most small community theatre groups to find tuba and bass doublers. So the show is going to be played by a bassist. Most of the songs are notated for tuba, and the parts are written down an octave below where they would be for bass. You have a lot of notes that are many ledger lines below low E. How did you handle this? I can see a variety of possibilities thus far: - Learn to read the low notes and play them in real-time on bass. Although I'm a competent bass score reader, I'm not certain I can learn to do this proficiently in two-three weeks. - Write in all the notes below E an octave above with notated heads. I might do this with temporarily covering the tuba notes below with white peelable tape and then photocopying the score so that only the correct octave notes are visible. (yeah yeah yeah on copyright crap. They should not send a combined book out in the first place! That's not common practice.) - Write in the note names above the staff. - Attempt to scan the score into a trial copy of Finale and spend the time to generate notated music with the notes in the bass-appopriate octaves. This would definitely be the most time- and labor-intensive approach, based on my experiments with it so far. The reason I am considering this is that the book is handwritten and it'd be a reading improvement to have the clarity of "engraved", notated music. So, how did you end up working with this strange, handwritten score? Any and all suggestions will definitely be appreciated! I really can't work with this book as is, especially not under stage lighting.