Key of trumpet

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by BlackWhite, Mar 6, 2008.

  1. BlackWhite

    BlackWhite Pianissimo User

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    Trumpet is my life,but not my only one.
    Im still a student,and Im unsure if I am to continue my musci career after my O levels(an exam that decides your life,in Singapore).

    My dream was always be to be a military officer,and I do not know if I can be that,and play the trumpet as well.
     
  2. tony h

    tony h Pianissimo User

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    trumpet is slowly be coming my life , it creeps up on you ,
    so I think transposing is in my near future.........
     
  3. BlackWhite

    BlackWhite Pianissimo User

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    I am about to make the fingering chart.
    I was wondering which keys to compare.So far I only thought of Bb,D,C,Eb,F and G.I don't think other keys are used as much as these are they?
    And yes,the Eb,F and G fingerings will be of a 4-valve-horn.

    Any suggestions before I start?

    And I will try my excel skils at it....
     
  4. B15M

    B15M Forte User

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    I never thought of it the way you are. For me the fingerings are the same.

    When I play B-flat music and use the C trumpet just think down a note (and key signature)

    When I play music written for a C instrument or concert key and I'm playing B-flat trumpet I just think up a note (and Key)

    When you read from a Fake book in C and your playing B-flat trumpet, if the part is in E-flat now you are in F and read up a note. If the part is in G, you are in A.
     
  5. BlackWhite

    BlackWhite Pianissimo User

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    Well,thats on-sight transposing.

    I'm constructing a comparative fingering chart and asking what are the common keys that learning/intermediate/advancing trumpeters would like to have.
     
  6. wiseone2

    wiseone2 Artitst in Residence Staff Member

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    Learn to transpose!
    There are no shortcuts. Do the work, you will be a better musician for it.
    Which fingerings does a singer use to transpose?
    I started transposing when I was a kid, it's important to learn how to do it!
    Wilmer
     
  7. BlackWhite

    BlackWhite Pianissimo User

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    I know,I just want to make a comparative chart.
    Is that wrong??
     
  8. slixk

    slixk New Friend

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    When you sit at the back of the orchestra, you don't have time to use a chart. You use your brain.
    "You stop being a musician when you stop transposing."
     
  9. B15M

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    You should be able to figure this out.

    If you are playing B-flat trumpet and reading music written for C instrument:

    C = 1 and 3
    D = 1 and 2
    E = 2

    D scale on the B-flat trumpet

    If you are playing B-flat trumpet and the music is written for D instrument

    C = 1 and 2
    D = 2
    E = 2 and 3

    E scale on the B-flat trumpet

    Do you get the idea from this?
     
  10. B15M

    B15M Forte User

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    That's not true.
    There are a lot of good musicians that don't transpose.
     

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