- Feb 10, 2011
- Reaction score
.So, in a nutshell, folks playing different instruments that wanted to play along with a different instrument had to figure out a way to make that happen....soooooo they found that if the two played the same 'NOTE NAME' they were not the SAME ACTUAL FREQUENCY..... Somebody figured out the 'interval difference' between two instruments...
Flute guy says to the trumpet guy, 'both of us playing a C ain't right so match this pitch.' trumpet guy starts and goes UP because his 'C' sounds lower than the flute. Soooooo, two half steps up it sounds the same sooooo, to play C music for flute, he had to play two half steps up to sound the same..... So he played a D. So he could take a flute part, play it a whole step (two half steps) up and they could play together...
When the guy built a trumpet and named the notes, he didn't have a reference flute to compare pitch....and was wrong... Hence, transpose up a whole step and Bob's your uncle....
Dr Edro P Sasquatch, Professor Emeritus of Knowledge Both Useful and Esoteric,
Your previous explanation actually got me closer to understanding, as did my son's,
but this latest explanation broke the dam and I feel like ... freee.... ignorance is a drag,
and I feel like I've been freed,
because for folks like us, this tish is important.