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Transposing Instruments...?
Last post Tue, Aug 21 2007 by DG, 3 replies.
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Posted on Tue, Aug 21 2007 02:04
by Ben Johnson
Joined on Tue, Dec 23 2003, Chicago, Illinois, Posts 126
Coming from a background in piano, my recent foray into orchestration has led me into some confusion when having to transpose other instruments. When playing a score, do you transpose "mentally," or do you simply transpose on the controller/midi track? The latter is obviously so much easier, but I can't help but feel like I'm cheating.

Any insight?
Posted on Tue, Aug 21 2007 11:39
by stephank
Joined on Sun, Jan 16 2005, Berlin, Posts 80
Hey Ben.

I think, I didn´t got your question right. A midi track is never transposing. It sounds as "written".

Whe you are reading scores, you have have to transpose them in your mind, if they are transposed.

In writing I prefer to write a C-score. Makes things faster and easyer, and in my opinion it has nothing to do with cheating.

But as I said in the beginning: I´m not shure if I got you right.

Best regards, Stephan
Posted on Tue, Aug 21 2007 13:57
by DG
Joined on Wed, May 12 2004, Posts 8608
I never put a transpose on the MIDI track, but occasionally I play it in as written and then transpose it afterwards, particularly if it is an awkward transposition. This also has the advantage that if you want to copy it to another instrument, you don't have to worry about getting it in the correct key.

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