Transposition for Trumpet Players

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Concone Studies for TrumpetTransposition for Trumpet Players

Transposition for trumpet players is expected.

So if you haven’t already learned how to do this, get going.

If you have learned, it’s something that does get a little rusty unless you do it a little every day or so.

Here’s how to learn and master the skill of transposition for trumpet players…

Get this book:

Concone Studies: http://www.mphmusic.com/go/concone

Then work through it one by one…. first play as written, no transposition – just to get the tunes in your head – and assuming you are starting all of this on your Bb trumpet .

Then begin the transposing the studies for C trumpet…. A trumpet …  D trumpet… Eb…. F…. etc. (see transposition guide below).

This will work on transposition plus music phrasing, tone, air, etc.

It’s also good to get a church hymnal book (4 part harmony on two staves), and learn to transpose the top two parts (treble clef), and for a little more challenge learn to do it from the bass clef parts too 🙂 … if you ever play in church, knowing how to do this will really come in handy.

A more advanced book or two…

Bordogni: http://www.mphmusic.com/go/bordogni

Caffarelli: http://www.mphmusic.com/go/caffarelli

Start with the Concone Studies and church hymnal book.  🙂

Transposition Guide (you may already know this):

If you have a Bb Trumpet in your hands…

If the part is in Bb trumpet, then play it as written

If the part is in C trumpet, then play up 1 whole step (major 2nd)

If the part is in A trumpet, then play down 1 half step (minor 2nd)

If the part is in D trumpet, then play up a major 3rd

If the part is in Eb trumpet, then play up a perfect 4th

If the part is in E trumpet, then play up a tritone

If the part is in F trumpet, then play up a perfect 5th

If the part is in G trumpet, then play up a major sixth

If the part is in Ab trumpet, then play down 1 whole step (major 2nd)

If the part is in B trumpet, then play up 1 half step (minor 2nd)

If you have a C trumpet in your hands….

If the part is in Bb trumpet, then play it down a whole step (major 2nd)

If the part is in C trumpet, then play it as written

If the part is in A trumpet, then play down a minor 3rd

If the part is in D trumpet, then play up a whole step (major 2nd)

If the part is in Eb trumpet, then play up a minor 3rd

If the part is in E trumpet, then play up a major 3rd

If the part is in F trumpet, then play up a perfect 4th

If the part is in G trumpet, then play up a perfect 5th

If the part is in Ab trumpet, then play down major 3rd

If the part is in B trumpet, then play down 1 half step (minor 2nd)

One way to approach transposition is to know what note number of the scale you are looking at on the page. Such as in the key of C, the note F is the fourth note (4). So if you were playing a Bb trumpet and you see the page showing the key signature of C and it is a C trumpet part, you would play a G, which is the fourth note of a D scale. D is one whole step above the written key signature of C.

That’s why it’s really, really good to practice and know from memory all of your scales, arpeggios, etc. — the books on this page link will prove to be very valuable to you over the years (hint: get going now 🙂 ) –  See The Advancing Trumpet Player, The Comeback Trumpet Player, All The Notes and More!… at: http://mphmusic.com/trumpet

As always, my best to you —

Mark

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