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 Easy ways to transpose
Author: JEff 
Date:   1999-09-01 02:51

I don't need to know this, but I am curious. what is the easiest way to learn to transpose from A clarinet to Bb?


Jeff

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 RE: Easy ways to transpose
Author: Daniel 
Date:   1999-09-01 06:10

Practice playing piece down a half step. So anytime you see a C Major scale in A, you'll really be playing a B Major in Bb. I takes some getting used to. as does the reverse and then transposing from C to Bb. But after a while it gets so easy you end up swtiching clarinets and forgetting that you don't need to transpose anymore.

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 An interesting story
Author: Travis 
Date:   1999-09-01 06:26

Several years ago, I was playing bass clarinet and third clarinet in a university orchestra. Whenever the group was playing a piece without a bass or third part, I passed the time playing the second clarinet part along with the regular player. The conductor didn't seem to mind, so...anyway, I became very adept at transposing the A parts to my Bb horn.

The night of the concert, the second clarinetist called in sick and asked me to take her place. I borrowed her A and sat in. Of course on the two or three pieces that called for bass and third, all the parts weren't covered, but the majority of works only called for two instruments.

However, when I came to the parts that were for A clarinet, I found it hard to play them on the A because I had learned the parts on the Bb!!. Let me tell you, it's really strange transposing and then retransposing in order to get back where the music started from just to play the darned part!

Travis Miller

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 RE: An interesting story
Author: Andrea Bergamin 
Date:   1999-09-01 14:29

I have a similar story. I've studied the Contrast with the Bb and then I decided to play in a concert with the A. It was the difficulter experience of study I've ever had in my life!

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 RE: Easy ways to transpose
Author: ann satterfield 
Date:   1999-09-01 21:05

as Daniel writes, just do it.

and even now that i have both Bb and A, sometimes the part is easier on other clarinet than indicated... because of too little time to change or (occasionally) to make a fingering easier.

this may be obvious, but fluency depends on seeing patterns rather than note by note 'translation'.

have any of us answered your question?





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 RE: Easy ways to transpose
Author: Daniel 
Date:   1999-09-01 22:15



ann satterfield wrote:
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and even now that i have both Bb and A, sometimes the part is easier on other clarinet than indicated... because of too little time to change or (occasionally) to make a fingering easier.


Or, in instances such as the Dvorak 9th Symphony, changing for two or three lines out of the whole symphony is just impractical.

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 RE: Easy ways to transpose
Author: Becky 
Date:   1999-09-01 22:47

If your're on a Bb and want to trans. to C go up a whole step.
If you're on a Bb and want to go trans. to A go up a half step.
If your're on an A and want to trans. to Bb go down a half step.
If you're on or in C and want to trans. to A go up 1 1/2 steps.

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 RE: Easy ways to transpose
Author: Daniel 
Date:   1999-09-01 23:17



Becky wrote:
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If your're on a Bb and want to trans. to C go up a whole step.

Correct



If you're on a Bb and want to go trans. to A go up a half step.
If your're on an A and want to trans. to Bb go down a half step.

Incorrect... you have them flip-flopped. A is a half step lower than Bb, therefore if you are playing a piece for A clarinet on Bb, you transpose down a half step. And vice versa for Bb music on A.



If you're on or in C and want to trans. to A go up 1 1/2 steps.

Why on earth would you transpose that unless you absolutely didn't have enough time to change to Bb. :-)

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 RE: Easy ways to transpose
Author: Rex Tomkinson 
Date:   1999-09-03 23:07

There is another transpoition which is very useful-that of playing the C parts on the A clarinet. The rules are:
1 Add 3 flats or drop 3 sharps from the key signature
2 Play it as written in bass clef, but up 2 octaves.
It is easier than it sounds and offers us a further way of dealing with tricky passages. It is also a good way to 'brush up' on our bass cleff.

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