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alto

This message was contributed by Simon on 6/10/04.
It was in reply to this message: alto
posted by Maria on 1/10/04.

Hints? well being a trumpeter - not really, although I would say that we learn transposition by reading by interval rather than by note. By this I mean we don't look at each note and work out individually what each transposition is. In effect, say we're transposing everything up a forth, we work out the first interval's transposition then play the following notes by reading the relationship between the intervals.
Example; the next note might be a fifth lower than the one we've just played - the next a third above etc. I hope that helps rather than confuse you even more. It sounds like we could do with a trombonist or two pitching in here. Whatever happens, try to relax when you are either transposing or reading a different clef. Nothing will make you go wrong quicker than tension. Unless the piece is atonal, you can 'bluff' most musical lines!

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