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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000818.txt from 2004/10

From: Donna Higgins <>
Subj: Re: [kl] learning to transpose on the fly
Date: Wed, 27 Oct 2004 00:32:25 -0400 wrote:

> So... it's working so far. But it's hard to imagine the leap to much more difficult music. I can sightread difficult music quite well... but it's hard to imagine making the leap to transposing

Just keep at it, and eventually it'll become second nature. Believe me, if I can learn this skill, anyone can. :-)

It's similar to learning a foreign language, I think - at first you have to stop and translate every word in your mind, which gets the job done but makes it tough to carry on a conversation. As you get more proficient, you learn to "think" in the foreign language, and become fluent.

Now, when I have to transpose a C clarinet part, my biggest problem is forgetting to stop transposing when the part goes back to Bb clarinet......

- Donna

"L'enfer, c'est les autres."

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