Re: swinging notes
Reply #55 –
Actually, the real history goes something like this:
- At about age 8 or 9 I learned to read treble clef - for piano accordion - I'm a gentleman, I don't play one
- Then I started learning trombone - in a brass band where everything was in transposed treble clef
- Except for the occasional Tenor clef part - which is easy, treat it as transposed treble and add 2 sharps to the key sig.
- Next I started playing in church where everything was in concert treble so I started transposing by hand
- After a while I got to the point I could transpose "on the fly" in my head pretty well.
- Got hold of NWC sometime about here and started transposing the parts by computer instead as I wrote or used parts that weren't simply lead sheets.
- More than 35 years down the track I started in the big band - everything's in concert bass clef - what the hell's this bass clef thing..?..!!!
- Took a while but now I'm comfortable in bass clef.
- So now I rewrite all the new stuff at church into bass clef for myself - but I don't transpose on the fly much anymore unless we pull out an old song so I'm a bit rusty
- BUT - if I'm reading chord symbols rather than the staff there's no problem
It's all a matter of practice... And I prefer bass clef or transposed treble. The former 'cos that's what I predominately use now and the latter 'cos I'll never forget it - even my bass clef reading is kinda transposed - you see a note in the second space and think "C", I think "D"... But only when I'm playing, not when I'm working in NWC. It's all a bit wierd really.