Orchestral Transposing

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  1. MitchSiviter

    MitchSiviter New Friend

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    Hey, I was wondering if anyone knew any easy way of transposing in general. The keys I need to mainly concentrate on C, F and A. I'm just mainly looking for an easy way of transposing. Thanks.
     
  2. graysono

    graysono Mezzo Forte User

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    I think it is intimately involved with the development of your ear and the 10,000 hours one needs to practice in order to know if one can really become good. That is, no easy route.
     
  3. Stefen

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    There is no short cut really, just practice, practice and more practice. There are tricks like changing clefs, but then you need to practice reading those clefs. catch 22.
     
  4. VentureScore

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    For me, the biggest trick was to try 1000+ different ways to find the one trick that worked best for me...... at which point I realized that I've practiced transposing 1000+ times, and I could just do it.
    Pick a couple of ARBANS scale studies. Your ear, and fingers already know how these work, and when you start in a new key, you will quickly get the hang of it.
    Good luck.
     
  5. Vulgano Brother

    Vulgano Brother Moderator Staff Member

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    Assuming you are playing the Bb trumpet, Add seven flats for trumpet in A, add two sharps and read up a step for C. For F trumpet, add one sharp and read up a fifth. Sometimes writing out the parts can help in learning the transpositions; eventually you'll get to the point where it is easier to read the music than write it out.

    Have fun, and don't mind the fact transposing can make your head hurt. That is normal.
     
  6. MitchSiviter

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    Thanks for your help guys!
     
  7. MitchSiviter

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    Thank you so much!!
     
  8. dangeorges

    dangeorges Pianissimo User

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    You could scan the music into Finale, transpose it to the key of choice, and then print it.
    That's the easiest way I know of.
    I've never done it that way, but I know it's possible.
     
  9. Churchman

    Churchman Mezzo Piano User

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    Or how about having a horn in each key, and getting the violas to hand the one you need for each piece to you at the right moment?

    ROFL
     
  10. Brekelefuw

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    Learn to sight sing music.
    Learn your scales well enough to be able to play melodies by ear.
    Read the music, but start on whatever note the transposition dictates.
    Trust your ears.
     

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