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Some of the best musicians in the world spoke with me long and deeply about music practice, including many trumpeters. That information and much more are in my next book, The Practice of Practice. A Kickstarter campaign is LIVE for The Practice of Practice until April 11, 2014. Learn more about the book, and how it’s different from any other practice book, get the best deal, and help bring the book into the world. It’ll be fun. I promise. Watch the short video.
This Chapter Covers:
- Transposing concepts,
- Bb instruments,
- C instruments,
- The C transposition for trumpet/cornet
- Eb, F, D, E and Ab transpositions.
Terms to Know:
- transpose: to change a piece of music from one key to another, keeping the relationships between pitches the same.
- fake book: a book of standard tunes containing the melody and chord progressions. Originally used for jazz, but many styles of fake book are available.
- C instrument: instruments in concert pitch do not need to transpose most music. Some C instruments are: piano, guitar, bass, flute, oboe, trombone, tuba, and bagpipes.
- Bb instrument: an instrument with written notes one whole step above concert pitch. For example, the sound of a C on a piano would be written as a D for trumpet.
Resources for this Chapter:
- Fake Books (all links are to Bb trumpet fake books, so no transposing necessary!):
- …..Jazz: Real Book I (on kindle), Real Book II (kindle), Real Book III (kindle), The Real Little Fake Book,
- …..Christian/Hymns: Bb Real Christmas Book,
- Other Books:
- …..Have Trumpet, Will Transpose, by Mel Broiles (looks like it’s tough to find… try eBay or your local music store or trumpet teacher…)
- EXAMPLES FROM THE BOOK:
- …..Musical example used throughout: Ride of the Valkyries (Cleveland Symphony, George Szell, conductor)
- Images from the book (Click on images to embiggen):
figure 18.0: the difference between piano music and trumpet music as written:
18.1: Siple C transposition, Ride of the Valkyries transposition, and transposition chart
Eb Transpositions: Simple example, Hummel trumpet concerto, chart:
The F Transposition: simple, Ride of the Valkyries, chart
D Transposition: simple, Ride of the Valkyries, chart
The Ab transposition and chart:
E transposition and chart:
Transposing in other languages:
The Usual Resources:
- Education is more important than Capitalism: I’ve given away well over 1 million free music book PDFs worldwide. Get your own free digital copy of
- …..Sound the Trumpet: How to Blow Your Own Horn
- …..Basic Music Theory: How to Read, Write, and Understand Written Music
- The Practice of Practice: a blog on music practice.
- Free mp3 examples from the book
- Other free printable practice aids
- Free trumpet video lessons
- Trumpet method books
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