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Re: Concert Pitch (a second try)

From: Anthony W. Youngman
Subject: Re: Concert Pitch (a second try)
Date: Mon, 6 Apr 2009 11:23:51 +0100
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In message <address@hidden>, Paul Scott <address@hidden> writes
Ian Hulin wrote:
Hi all,
O.K here goes, I've pruned some bits out where we were getting into acoustics, and tweaked a few bits.

Ian Hulin

Transposing instruments are named according to the fundamental (known on some brass instruments as the pedal) note.

On a woodwind instrument this is normally the note obtained with all holes covered without over-blowing or use of speaker keys. On a brass instrument it the note obtained with most relaxed embouchure and the slide extended fully
That should be not extended at all for trombone (1st position).
or all valves open.


What do you mean by an "open" valve? To me it means the valve is depressed and the associated tubing is brought into play, which it shouldn't be. It's probably best said as something like "with the instrument in its shortest configuration, eg the slide in 1st position or the valves not depressed".

The other point that should be made is that the octave above the pedal note is notated as middle C in the treble clef. I was unaware, however, that the bass clarinet transposed in bass clef! And I seem to remember some American parts that appeared to have the trombone part transposed in bass clef too - that piece rapidly got ditched so I know precious little about it. That might be an American convention ...

I'll try again later :-)

Anthony W. Youngman - address@hidden

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