I have a transposing question

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  1. Bach 1 1/4C Man

    Bach 1 1/4C Man Pianissimo User

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    1. I have some simple transposition question if I have a trumpet part written in do I transpose up one half step or down step if I’m using my B-flat trumpet
    2. If I have a trumpet part written in E and I use a B-flat trumpet I know that I transpose up a tritone (Augmented 4th) or 6 half steps right. What do you do if it is a C trumpet is it up a major third (3 half steps up)?
     
  2. wiseone2

    wiseone2 Artitst in Residence Staff Member

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    A major third is three WHOLE steps. I think bass clef with 4 sharps.

    C=E
    D=F#
    E=G#
    F=A

    You get the picture.
    Wilmer
     
  3. rjzeller

    rjzeller Forte User

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    Actually...wouldn't a major third be TWO whole steps up from the starting note (minor third is the three 1/2 steps originally referenced).

    C to D is one whole step, D to E is another (two) whole step. The INTERVAL from C to E is a third, but it's actually two whole steps....
     
  4. wiseone2

    wiseone2 Artitst in Residence Staff Member

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    I am going to claim a SENIOR moment :-P
    Wilmer
     
  5. butxifxnot

    butxifxnot Pianissimo User

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    Written in what?? A 'trumpet' part is written in Bb...If you're using a C-trumpet going to Bb music, you lower it a full step. If you can get access to a keyboard you can figure it out fairly easily. :-)
    :D Oh, boy. I'll trust the older guys (assuming the people who post like they know what they are talking about are older) to have that one right. Too much for my brain. :-?
     
  6. jcstites

    jcstites Mezzo Forte User

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    i post this in all the transposition posts:

    "go from whats in your hand, to whats on the stand"

    Bb-C is a whole step up, so u trans. up a whole step
    Bb-A, is a half step down, so u trans down a half step

    its so easy when u think about it like that....
     
  7. trumpetpimp

    trumpetpimp Piano User

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    It's written in "do" - pronounced "doe" as in "do, a deer" and "do, re, mi". "Do" means it's written in the key of C and should be transposed up a whole tone to be played on Bb trumpet.
     

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