Talk:Transposing instrument

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I've been curious for a long time. If I'm playing a Bb clarinet, and I see a G in the score, which key on the piano will have the same pitch? (Will it be an F two semitones down, just as Bb is two semitones down from C? Or an A two semitones up?)

This has been a mystery to me for a long time. --Ed Poor Talk 18:14, 25 May 2009 (EDT)

A "G" played on a Bb Clarinet will sound as an F. As a rule of thumb, you can look at the full score and compare the key signatures. For example, a piece in B-flat will show no key signature in the Bb clarinet part (indicating C major), but the piano part (or strings) will show a Bb key signature. That's why so many clarinet pieces are written in that key.JDWpianist 18:18, 25 May 2009 (EDT)