In working from printed scores, I still find it confusing to read the Viola/Alto Clef.
I'm working with GPO in Sonar. For simplicity, in my orchestral templates, I have inserted transposing shifts in the tracks for the transposing instruments ie: I have the French Horn tracks programmed to play -7 of what I actually play. This way, I can read all the instrumental parts as if they're to be read just as written, letting the program do what musicians do when reading their parts.
But this programmed transposition doesn't work so well with the Alto Clef. Currently I have the Viola tracks programmed to play 2 steps higher. It's either that or -10, so I can read music as if it's the treble clef.
As I said--it's not so ideal, because it doesn't take into consideration the proper key. I'm relying on my ear to know which notes to shift sharp or flat as I play.
Does anybody else work with scores this way when they're recording pieces in software like Sonar? If so---I'd like to know how people are handling the Alto Clef. --It's making me--
--I suppose I could just learn to read the Alto Clef better--but I donwannoooooo.