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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000783.txt from 2004/10

From: Roger Hewitt <>
Subj: Re: [kl] learning to transpose on the fly
Date: Tue, 26 Oct 2004 02:53:26 -0400

I'm not sure it is an innate ability/talent, it is mostly practise. For some transpositions there
are possibilities in thinking different clefs and adjusting key sigs, but the main clarinet
requirement of up a tone doesn't really work like that. Find some fairly easy music that you know
and just do it. It will be awful at first but if you know the piece well enough you will hear the
mistakes and adjust them more quickly. Build up to more difficult stuff. I found the best way
was to do it in a group (we had no oboes in my school orchestra, so I volunteered. Having to do
it "real time" concentrated the mind very well!
So - practise, that's the only way ... as always.
One final thought: I played bassoon parts on bas clarinet in bands and chamber music for so long
that I was almost unable to play normal bass clarinet parts! Fortunately, it soon came back.
Roger H

--- wrote:
> I want to learn how to transpose on the fly -- how to look at written music and transpose (into
> any key) as I play. I know many musicians have an innate talent here. Not me. I'm going to
> have to develop the skill. Suggestions on how to go about this, please?
> Thanks,
> Elisa
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