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The Orchestra

The Orchestra

The Orchestra is made up of four families of Instruments.  In the order they fall on the score, from the top of the page, they are: The woodwind Family, The brass Family, The Percussion, The Strings. Discussing each one in turn, we ‘ll start with the Woodwind Family....

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Transposition Brass Family

Transposition Brass Family

In the Brass family we have: French Horn The French Horn in F which is a transposing instrument.  When it reads ‘C’, it sounds ‘F’, a perfect 5th lower. So this means  that for the instrument to sound in a certain key it must play in a key which is a perfect 5th...

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Transposition Woodwind Family

Transposition Woodwind Family

Transposing instruments cause a lot of grief for music students. In actual fact if the concept is understood It's not nearly as confusing. Let's consider the four families of the orchestra. We have, looking at an orchestral score, from the top down,: 1) The Woodwind...

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