PRACTICING TRANSPOSITION

    Gaining practice in transposition should start long before a clarinetist sits in the orchestra. So it means start right now. Make plan to practice 10 minutes daily.

           Start with the easiest etudes. If you imagine that the etude is written for the C clarinet(clarinet in C) you will play on the B♭ clarinet a whole tone higher. For example, instead of playing in the C major, you will play in the D major, instead of the D minor in the E minor, etc.

     If you imagine that the etude is written for the A clarinet (clarinet in A), you will play on the B♭ clarinet a half tone lower. For example, instead of the C major in the B major, instead of the B♭ minor you will play in the A minor, etc.

              Apply eventually this method of work to more complex musical texts.
From the above mentioned, you can learn that to become skilled at transposition it is necessary to have good theoretical knowledge of scales and tonalities.

              The Latin proverb says: Practice is the best teacher.

Taken from my book
I Am Studying Clarinet IV


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