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#beginquote# The best way to understand transposition is this: When an instrument plays its name, it sounds a C. For example, when a Bb clarinet plays a Bb, that Bb sounds like a C. Therefore, in order to hear a D, the clarinet must finger a C. When it wants to sound an E, it must finger a D. If the student wants to play a Bb concert scale, it must play its C scale. Same goes for other Bb instruments such as trumpet and tenor saxophone. Alto saxophone is an Eb instrument, therefore, when it plays an Eb it sounds a C. The best way to understand this is to make a chart with the concert pitch on top and the instrument's pitch on the bottom and study how they correlate. Good luck to you and your student! #endquote#
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