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PThompson
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posted: 6/25/2008 at 4:40:54 PM ET
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What is the best way to teach a student transposition to concert pitch on a band instrument?

Thanks.

Pat

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posted: 6/28/2008 at 4:20:22 AM ET
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Start here.


http://allencole.tripod.com/instkeys.htm
http://riversidemiddleschool.com/band/pdf%20files/transposition.pdf
http://www.northern.edu/wieland/theory/interval/trans_1.htm
http://musichousepublications.com/transpositions.aspx

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posted: 8/7/2008 at 9:35:00 AM ET
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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!

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