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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000786.txt from 2004/10

From: Roger Shilcock <>
Subj: Re: [kl] learning to transpose on the fly
Date: Tue, 26 Oct 2004 08:24:40 -0400

When you've done it for a while, it's like a different way of reading the music -
as if you were using a different clef. (It would help if you played the viola).
Then, when you've got reasonably good, you can get yourself a C clarinet, save
yourself from one set of problems and get a different lot - keys in
bad positions, extra-large holes, bad tuning.....

Roger S.

In message <> writes:
> Elisa,
> 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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