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  1. Musician4077

    Musician4077 New Friend

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    Manny! I need your help desperately!

    I got my audition excerpts in the mail yesterday for Northwestern. George Washington Bridge by Schuman (Wind Ensemble) and Symphony No. 5 by Tchaikovsky (orchestra). Any tips? What I really need to know is how to transpose from the A trumpet part on the Tchaikovsky to my Bb. Is it just the opposite as transposing from C? Do I just add two flats and take each note down? Help please!

    Man, seven days to learn these, continue relearning Hummel, and working on the scale list they sent me. :shock: Looks like I have my work cut out for me. Oh well. I love every minute of it. :-)

    Your very nervous, stressed, yet somehow having the time of his life in looking forward to NW friend,

    Jeff
     
  2. jcstites

    jcstites Mezzo Forte User

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    The simple rule I go by for transposition:

    Go from whats in your hand, to whats on the stand.

    So in your case Bb is in your hand, A is on the stand. So you need to take it down a half step.

    For some reason, that is my hardest transposition....


    Good luck!
     
  3. Musician4077

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    I like that...."hand...stand". :-)

    I'll have to spread that one around! Thanks! :D

    Jeff
     
  4. trumpet blower88

    trumpet blower88 Mezzo Piano User

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    Wow... 5 years of stuggling with transposition and suddenly it's that easy... On one of my orchesteral pieces I even went to the distance of copying it all on my Finale program and letting the computer do it. I really wish I would have learned this sooner. Thanks!
     
  5. brian moon

    brian moon Forte User

    Harder than E?
     
  6. jcstites

    jcstites Mezzo Forte User

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    yup.....


    maybe because i never practice it.
     
  7. brian moon

    brian moon Forte User

    You have more use for E than A? We're talking Bb trumpet, right?
     
  8. Manny Laureano

    Manny Laureano Utimate User

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    For a piece that's in no sharps or flats, like the Tchaik, you think in B major down a half step. C=B, Ab=G... exceptions are notes like F#=F, etc.

    ML
     
  9. jcstites

    jcstites Mezzo Forte User

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    if its for E i usually play it on C... anytime i have to do a half step i suck.
     

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