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8. Transposing Exercises

Grade Five Music Theory - Lesson 8: Transposing Instruments Exercises

 

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Exercise 1 - Transposing with a Key Signature

a. The following melody is written for clarinet in B flat. Transpose it down a major 2nd, as it will sound at concert pitch. Use a key signature and remember to put in all necessary sharp, flat or natural signs. 

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b. The following melody is written for horn in F. Transpose it down a perfect 5th, as it will sound at concert pitch. Use a key signature and remember to put in all necessary sharp, flat or natural signs.

transposition-ex-2

transposition-ex-2-stave 

 

Exercise 2 - Transposing without a Key Signature

a. These are the actual sounds made by a clarinet in A. Rewrite the passage as it would appear for the player to read, that is, transpose it up a minor 3rd. Do not use a key signature but remember to put in all the necessary sharp, flat or natural signs. 

transposition-ex3

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b. These are the actual sounds made by a horn in F. Rewrite the passage as it would appear for the player to read, that is, transpose it up a perfect 5th. Do not use a key signature but remember to put in all the necessary sharp, flat or natural signs. 

transposition-ex4

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Exercise 3 

 Put a tick (✓) or cross (X) next to the key signature and each note in the following transpositions, to show if they are correct or not.

a.

transposition 0 0  Transposed up a major 2nd to: transposition 1 0

b.

transposition 2 0  Transposed  up a perfect 5th to: transposition 3 0

c.

transposition 4 0 Transposed down a major 2nd to: transposition 5 0

 

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