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There are several reasons for people to be good in on-the-fly transpositions (not exhaustive): They play an instrument, which transposes, but frequently like to play pieces without having access to properly transposed scores They play an instrument, where transposition is a frequent requirement (e. g. French horn) They are used to it (piano acommpanists, ...


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I play trumpet, and have transposed quite a lot, playing Bb parts on a C trumpet, and the contrary. Also older symphonic parts would notate everything in C and just write "in Eb" when the tonality changed to Eb. I have only used the clef trick described by @MattPutnam, and wanted to add to it for accidentals. He is right that this strategy applies mostly ...


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Many professionals need to be adept at sight transposing. Accompanists need to be able to change the key to fit singers, and anyone playing a transposing instrument needs to be able to read concert pitch music at the very least. And anyone who plays in any kind of ensemble with transposing instruments will find it handy to be able to read other people's ...



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