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AuthorTopic:   Transposing
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posted: 10/5/2003 at 5:03:38 PM ET
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I play what I think is a B-flat baritone. I can read bass and treble clef without transposing. My friends in my band say that because I don't need to transpose, it must not be a B-flat baritone but something else like a C-baritone (if there is such a thing). They play trumpet and clarinet and need to transpose music that is not written for them. If someone could please provide an explanation as to why I don't need to transpose, I would really appreciate it. Thank you.

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posted: 10/5/2003 at 6:44:51 PM ET
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If the notes in the music you are reading are the actual sounded tones (meaning a C written in the music actually sounds like a C), then you must be playing a C instrument, or the music was already transposed for you.

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posted: 10/14/2003 at 9:36:41 PM ET
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You are playing a Bb Baritone when playing in treble clef (this is so trumpet players can easily switch).

When you read in bass clef, the notes are in C. What changes is how you finger things.

A C on treble clef baritone is open, on bass clef it is 1st and 3rd down low and 1st up high.


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