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#beginquote# As you probably know, some instruments have to transpose written music. The notes on the page are not the actual tones they play... they must move them all down a 5th or something. Like a C written on the page would really be an F (a 5th down). There has got to be something I'm not getting, because I do not understand the point in that. Why do they do that? It just seems completely idiotic to me, but I don't fully understand it so I'm thinking there must be some logical explanation. Why can't the C on the page mean C? And also, on certain instruments, MUST the music written be transposed, or does the piece specify that it should be? I really have no idea on this. Anyone who's played a Bb instrument would probably know. I assume it's the Bb instruments that do this? Help me out in understanding this! #endquote#
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