i'm practicing improv over the same progression in different keys, and finding that i have a tendency to gravitate towards different lines depending on the key.  now i think that if that's the line that sounds best in that key, then naturally different lines work better with different keys.

but mostly, i find that simply because the way the keys are situated, i tend to avoid specific notes, or intervals because they're just harder to reach, don't sit well in the hand, etc.  i'm wondering if this is something that's integral to moving around in different keys, or is it something that shouldn't come in the way?  it's a little irritating since even if i'm aiming to hit a certain note, i subconsciously avoid it if it's in an awkward position.

dunno, i guess it's one of those "ultimate control" versus "play what feels right" moments.
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first off, i'd like to say that i prefer to believe that each key has its own distinct personality (whether or not that's true in my playing).

while it should be theoretically possible to play anything in any key on any instrument, certain things fall better under the fingers in one key and certain things fall better in another key.

i find that to be true in all of the other instruments that i play as well (except guitar, where transposition just means moving up or down the neck).

if you analyze the styles of most players (with some notable exceptions) you'll find that when in one key they'll prefer a particular set of licks, and in another key another set of licks.

this is what i call "playing to the instrument's idiosyncrasies".

however, when playing from the inner ear (ie "pre-hearing") play the notes you hear in your head and damn the fingering.
i suppose the more you practice things in all keys, the freer you are to play what you hear.
i'll second that
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