Okay this may sound like a really stupid question!
But is a note the same on every instrument? Like if I play an A on my piano is that the same as an A on the guitar?
I think it must be, but someone told me that in orchestras the different instruments have to tune up to different notes to sound the same.
I’m asking because I want to start using computer software to write songs. Will I need to put each instrument in a different key to make them sound good?
This is not a stupid question! For someone who plays a concert pitch instrument, the idea of transposing instruments is very confusing.
Basically, all “C” instruments like guitar, piano, strings, flute, oboe, etc. will sound the same pitch when they play A=440.
There are a few different transposing instrument families:
Bb instruments include clarinet and trumpet.
Eb instruments include Alto Saxophone and Eb Clarinet (the smaller one).
F instruments include the French horn and English horn.
When you play C on the Bb trumpet, it sounds the same as a Bb on the piano. When you play C on an Eb saxophone, it’s the same pitch as Eb on the piano. Etc, etc.
I hope this is helpful!
I think the notes are the same in all instruments, just different names given to them due to tunnings.
Thanks for that horn! I had no idea. I was clicking on this hoping someone would explain it for me as I was wondering the same thing. I never though it was so simple. haha
I think Horn put it quite clear there. Another thing (things?) to remember is (are?) the following 3 points: Intervals – Timbre – Texture.
These three concepts of music makes for what we come to enjoy about music. They tell the story that music keeps locked up inside itself. I hope this makes sense.