Trumpet theory inquery...

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by urban1ninja, Feb 23, 2009.

  1. urban1ninja

    urban1ninja New Friend

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    Trumpet music is written in C.
    But The trumpet makes a Bb in the open position.
    so when im playing with a band and their playing a C chord, do i play the trumpet in open position? because then i would be a whole step flatter than the rest of the band...
     
  2. Stile442

    Stile442 Piano User

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    Most trumpet music is written in Bb. If you're playing something written in C on a Bb horn then you need to transpose up a whole step to play what is on the page. If you see a C play a D, if you see a F play a G etc etc.
     
  3. camelbrass

    camelbrass Mezzo Forte User

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    What sort of band are you playing in?


    Regards,


    Trevor
     
  4. BenH

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    If you're playing on a Bb trumpet, and the band plays a concert C chord, you would need to play either a D, F# or A if you wanted to play a chord tone. You're a tone below concert pitch, so need to play a tone higher to be in tune.
     
  5. Markie

    Markie Forte User

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    When you are playing with a piano, bass, guitar synth, (treble clef instruments), you have to go UP 2 half steps.
    If the piano is playing in C you play in D
     
  6. oldlou

    oldlou Forte User

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    What has been missed here is the change in key signature that must accompany the transposition to C, or 'concert pitch' when playing a Bb instrument in the treble clef to be in tune with a piano or other C instrument. In addition to playing up a full step, the key signature must be changed, dropping two flats or adding two sharps from the written score.


    OLDLOU>>
     
  7. et_mike

    et_mike Mezzo Forte User

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    good catch Lou....
     
  8. BenH

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    Yes, well caught. When I said about playing a tone higher, I assumed everyone would realise a tone above E, for example, is F# not F, but it doesn't hurt to say it explicitly.
     
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