Transcribing Treble Clef

Discussion in 'Ask Janek Gwizdala' started by Tom Brogan, Feb 1, 2014.

  1. Tom Brogan

    Tom Brogan Supporting Member

    Dec 8, 2012
    Just curious.... when you are transcribing horns or other treble clef instruments (like your Brecker transcription video on Youtube), do you write your transcription down in treble clef or bass clef?
  2. tbear1776


    Apr 8, 2013
    I would put them in the clef the instrument would normally play.
  3. Steveman


    Jun 25, 2010
    I'm pretty sure I've seen Janek's solo transcriptions in treble clef. In my experience, I would do it in treble clef because those ledger lines get nasty, but if it's in a range where it's not a problem then bass clef is fine.
  4. janekbass


    Jan 28, 2004
    New York/Los Angeles
    Founder and CEO of
    I put them in treble cleff almost always. Unless it's a bass line that I'm transcribing, it makes way more sense to me musically to have the pitches in the right cleff and range when I'm notating them.

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  6. groooooove

    groooooove Supporting Member

    Dec 17, 2008
    Long Island, NY
    what a about the hypothetical viola solo in alto clef?

    i can read tenor / alto clef.. but at any reasonable opportunity switch to treble or bass.