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Why is my girlfriend's flugelhorn a semitone lower than my bass?

Welcome to the wonderful world of transposing instruments. As you've identified, the factors at play here are: The flugelhorn is indeed a transposing instrument, in Bb. That means it plays a tone (...
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Why is my girlfriend's flugelhorn a semitone lower than my bass?

Most wind instruments are fine-tuneable. They need to be so when they play with others, they can all play at the exact same pitch. Sounds like this flugel is a little off, and needs the fundamental B&...
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Why is my girlfriend's flugelhorn a semitone lower than my bass?

It is possible but unlikely that your girlfriend's flugelhorn is a very old one in Bflat but at A456. These were standard in British brass bands in the 1960s but most bands had converted to low pitch (...
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Why is my girlfriend's flugelhorn a semitone lower than my bass?

You are correct that the flugelhorn is in the key of Bb. So it should actually sound TWO semitones lower than your bass. Instruments like this are called "transposing" instruments. Trumpet, tenor ...
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How to hit right partials on brass?

I know this was asked 8 years ago, but if anyone else finds this helpful, I thought I'd pitch in. I had a tuba instructor who would always harp on me that I needed to hear the pitch before I could ...
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