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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