Tenor Clef

Tenor Clef

Tenor Clef    06:13 on Saturday, October 21, 2006          

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Posted by billy_bob

Does anybody know of any really good tutor books that help with learning the tenor clef? I read bass clef a the moment but need to learn the tenor?


Billy Anderson

Re: Tenor Clef    06:23 on Saturday, October 21, 2006          

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Posted by Steve

"Introducing the Tenor Clef" by Reginald Fink
can be purchased at www.hickeys.com for ten bucks
item number 01249
you can also look at Clef Studies for Trombone by Vladimir Blazhevich, but it's fairly advanced, incorporating alto clef as well. It's also a bit more expensive and harder to find.
if you go at it diligently, I suspect you'll find it won't take you long at all. good luck.

Re: Tenor Clef    06:45 on Saturday, October 21, 2006          

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Posted by billy_bob

Thanks for that.

My teacher showed me that Blazavich thing and I could n't really get on with it. I have been looking around the net for half an hour or so and found the simplest route to the tenor clef at Warwick music.


Does anybody know this?

thanks again


Re: Tenor Clef    18:44 on Saturday, October 21, 2006          

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Posted by Steve

can't say I have heard of it, but I'm sure it's just fine. The Fink book is widely recommended and a bit cheaper. The shipping may be cheaper too, since Warwick music outside the US.
you're doing the right thing by learning it though. it will creep up on you again and again. I hate getting a group of bone players for a quartet or something, and things come to a screeching halt because one of the players can't read his part.

Re: Tenor Clef    08:13 on Sunday, October 22, 2006          

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Posted by billy_bob

Well Warwick say they do world wide free shipping so I'll think I'll get both


Re: Tenor Clef    19:42 on Tuesday, October 24, 2006          

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Posted by BUJaZzDJ

the tenor clef curves onto the c line. so that just means the point that the clef curves in at is where the c is on that clef

Re: Tenor Clef    22:21 on Wednesday, October 25, 2006          

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Posted by lrhanson_23

i have that book, but unfortunately i only was able to use it about a week before i was forced to read tenor in an orchestra this past summer. I honestly thought it was easier because I was forced to do something which set an unavoidable goal. The way I first thought of tenor clef was like Treble Clef Trumpet.

Trumpet Treble: The first ledger line below the staff is a C, but a concert Bb

Tenor Clef: The first ledger line below the staff is a concert Bb.

So initially, I read it as treble, but now I read it as Tenor. The only problem is when I play trumpet, I read as tenor clef, which isn't necessarily bad, its just not traditional.

Re: Tenor Clef    05:40 on Thursday, October 26, 2006          

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Posted by billy_bob

Thanks everyone.

I understand the theory of tenor clef, its reading it a speed that I need to be able to do.

I now have the simplest route book which is excellent.

It starts by making you learn a really simple tune, then shows it to you in the tenor clef. Then it gradually varies the melody, first by rhythm, then by pitch (a little) then a lot. The last variation on each page is quite difficult, but I feel I'm reading the new clef in almost no time.

Re: Tenor Clef    07:06 on Friday, November 03, 2006          

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Posted by hasse87

Just play the tenor clef alot, and don't do any mistakes!! Take your time. Once you play it wrong, it will appear in your playing sooner or later.

Re: Tenor Clef    20:58 on Monday, November 20, 2006          

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Posted by t-bone_master

just learn wich notes go where. like in fourth grade. after that itll be easy. i now can proficiently read 5 clefs!

Re: Tenor Clef    16:27 on Tuesday, November 21, 2006          

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Posted by Steve

Good on ya that you are so fluent in your clef reading! But do remember that back in fourth grade, you learned a few notes at a time. You learned gradually. Then suddenly, years later, you get handed a piece in tenor clef. You want to be able to play it.
Saying "just learn which notes go where" is all well and good, and works in theory, but is much more difficult in actual practice. Maybe easy for you, but it's not fair to assume it's that easy for others. but there are resources which start you off with simpler melodies, and then gradually get more difficult at a progressive rate. these can be very helpful to people just starting out.
Once you do have a handle on it... definitely read a lot of tenor. Use it or lose it.
Then, start on alto


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