In a folk jam session, when asked which key my non-transposing chromatic instrument (like a violin) is in, what do I answer?

Asked by: Chris Xiong

Is violin transposing or non transposing?

The following are NOT transposing instruments: Flute, oboe, bassoon. Trombone, tuba. Violin, viola, cello.

What concert Key is a violin?

In an orchestra, if the director asks the string instruments to play a C major scale, everyone (violins, violas, cellos, basses) plays a C major scale. Simple.

What is a non transposing instrument?

non-transposing (not comparable) (music) a musical instrument that is written in a the same pitch to how it sounds.

What key are instruments in?

Instruments & Transpositions

Key Instruments
C (bass clef) Baritone, Euphonium Tuba, Sousaphone Trombone Cello
B flat Clarinet, Clarinette basse/Bass Clarinet Soprano and Tenor Saxophones Trumpet, Cornet, Bugle/Flugelhorn
E flat Alto and Baritone Saxophone Alto Clarinet
F French horn English horn

Is violin in the key of C?

Many instruments are C instruments. For example, piano, organ, oboe, violin, guitar, and trombone are all C instruments.

How do you transpose a violin?

Key. Well the way to do that is kind of similar you select. The piece so you can best select it all and then you say tools transpose and you want it to perfect fifth down and then you click transpose.

Is violin a transposing instrument?

Put simply, a transposing instrument is one whose musical notes are written at a pitch different from actual concert pitch. Instruments such as the piano, flute, violin, viola, and cello are not transposing instruments.

What key is concert pitch?

The most common modern tuning standard uses 440 Hz for A above middle C as a reference note, with other notes being set relative to it. In the literature this is also called international standard pitch.

What pitch is violin?


A-440 is the pitch that most violin A strings are tuned to. A-440 means this pitch has 440 hertz vibration cycles per second (hertz measures frequency).

What key is best for violin?

The A Major Scale is top on the list of violin scales because it’s often the first scale you learn on the violin!

How many keys has a violin?

There are 12 notes in total – and each note has a major key signature and a relative minor. That means that in total, there are 12 x 2 = 24 music keys.