Key of trumpet

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

  1. slixk

    slixk New Friend

    Jan 13, 2006
    It's a quote. I can't remember who said it. I'm sure someone here would know.
  2. BlackWhite

    BlackWhite Pianissimo User

    Feb 27, 2008
    For the last time,I just wanna make a chart and just paste in somewhere.

    Of course I know that I won't have time to look at it while "sitting in an orchestra"!!Im NOT that stupid!!

    Is it wrong or does it make you stupid or does i take away your musicianship or musical knowledge just by constructing a comparison chart?

    I just want to know what are the common keys of trumpet played by most trumpeters.Thats all.

  3. rowuk

    rowuk Moderator Staff Member

    Jun 18, 2006
    There is NOTHING wrong with a chart. Sometimes visualizing things like transposition makes shortcuts more obvious. In school we needed a tuba, so I learned tuba to help. A Bb instrument in bass clef is the same as Eb transposition - the plus was I could play duets with a good looking alto sax player............

    BlackWhite, make your chart, hang it on the wall where you practice and use it for inspiration!

    To help: if your starting key is Concert C major
    the Bb trumpet plays a D major scale
    the C trumpet a C major scale
    the D trumpet a Bb major scale
    the Eb an A major scale
    the E an Ab major scale
    an F trumpet a low G major scale
    a G trumpet a low F major scale (really only possible on a 4-valve G trumpet)

    Good luck!

    The common keys depend on what type of music that you play. Symphony trumpet players are often confronted with parts for trumpet in:
    A, Bb, C, D, Eb, E, F
    Jazz musicians can be required to play a tune in ANY key.
    Hobby trumpet players that do church gigs need to read Bb and C parts
  4. wiseone2

    wiseone2 Artitst in Residence Staff Member

    Nov 19, 2003
    Don't forget that Brahms wrote parts in H....... that's Bâ™®trumpet:cool: I play lots of F trumpet parts on the D trumpet. Eb trumpet parts played on the C trumpet, a minor third transposition is exactly the same process.
    There is no easy way. Learn to transpose if you are a serious player!
  5. BlackWhite

    BlackWhite Pianissimo User

    Feb 27, 2008
    Thats more like an advice I was looking forward to.

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