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#2109118 - 06/27/13 02:37 PM Transposing
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Hello all.I am learning the piece Moonlight Serenade by Glen Miller.For the left hand,I want to play the same melody as the orchestra trombone 3 player plays.The original R.H. piece for piano is in the key of F with 1 flat(Bb).The trombone 3 score has 3 flats:B,E,A.(Which makes it in the key of Eb?).Any idea how I can transpose the trombone score into the key of F to use it to play the L.H. piano?Thank you.

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#2109143 - 06/27/13 03:18 PM Re: Transposing [Re: Tango]
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You move the "whole" original score of F "down" a whole-tone! Because F and Eb are a whole tone apart. Then just add your 3 flats for the key of Eb!
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#2109144 - 06/27/13 03:22 PM Re: Transposing [Re: Tango]
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Correct (sort of) but backwards! She's playing in F. So the trombone notes need to be a tone higher.

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#2109171 - 06/27/13 04:26 PM Re: Transposing [Re: Tango]
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Originally Posted By: Tango
Hello all.I am learning the piece Moonlight Serenade by Glen Miller.For the left hand,I want to play the same melody as the orchestra trombone 3 player plays.The original R.H. piece for piano is in the key of F with 1 flat(Bb).The trombone 3 score has 3 flats:B,E,A.(Which makes it in the key of Eb?).Any idea how I can transpose the trombone score into the key of F to use it to play the L.H. piano?Thank you.

Is the trombone 3 part written in treble clef? I ask because most trombone parts are non-transposing: the instrument plays the written note at concert pitch. Sometimes trombone parts reach up high enough that arrangers tire of all the ledger lines, so they switch to tenor or even alto clef, but the instrument still sounds as written.

Another option is to notate trombone as a Bb instrument in treble clef. If your part is in treble clef, you probably want to transpose it down a major ninth.

You can read an excellent explanation of transposing instruments here.

-Andy

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