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Old 12-24-2010, 10:48 AM
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Under general chat I understand we talk about anything. Well, I have a problem. You see we recently attended our DGD(10) piano recital and was delighted with her performance. Then as the eldest students played their song, I whispered I would love to have that piece of sheet music for myself--maybe Mother's Day or the like. Well, son drove into metro just to get the sheet music for GD to give to this grandma for Christmas. (Our gift exchange was early.) And I cannot play it! HELP. It is fully of sharps and I am only fluent at playing flats.

Does anyone know how to convert sharps into flats when it comes to piano sheet music?

Thank you - this grandma is struggling, perhaps this is a good time to learn what I did not teach myself as a teenager! I absolutely love the song.
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Old 12-24-2010, 10:51 AM
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You would need someone to transpose it -- "translate" it into a different key that you can play.

If you like the piece, you could look for it in other versions. Classical music is usually not transposed into other keys (except for singers), but other types of music (such as Christmas songs) come in many different keys and "arrangements".
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Old 12-24-2010, 10:58 AM
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If there are not tricky accidentals, 3 sharps go to 4 flats-- A flat; 4 sharps to 3 flats--E flat, 2 sharps to 5 flats--D flat. If you have other questions, you can pm me. Playing in sharps fits the hands differently than flats, but gets more comfortable with practice.
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Isn't it funny that it's so much easier to play flats!? How about contacting a highschool or college music department and see if there is a secret to transposing? I didn't look but might even be some online info on how to do that.
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What key is it in? Some people will play the equivalent flat key. For example, if it's in A, they play A flat..the notes stay in the same place on the music sheet but you just play the corresponding flats for that key.

Or, it needs to be transposed.
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I'm impressed and I wish I had your knowledge.
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If there are not tricky accidentals, 3 sharps go to 4 flats-- A flat; 4 sharps to 3 flats--E flat, 2 sharps to 5 flats--D flat. If you have other questions, you can pm me. Playing in sharps fits the hands differently than flats, but gets more comfortable with practice.
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Thank you everyone for your hints and encouragements. The name of the piece is Journey West by Renee Schwab. The following link takes you to youtube where you can hear this beautiful music.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P2zRp51Jcus

There are five sharps: F C D A and another upper F (maybe?). I so want to learn this piece because I held my granddaughter on my lap and she road my hands from the ages of 2 thru 4 or 5. Now she is 10 and excited that she can play all by herself and with two hands! Be it far from this grandma not to apply to myself my own words of practice and dedication which I gave to her.

PS: I am self-taught but have been told I am a fair pianist. Little do many know, I double up on my left-hand notes to make the piece sound more detailed. I love adding a run on the ending notes scale. Certainly any teacher would shake her head but since I play only for my own enjoyment, maybe it does not make any difference at my age.
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If there are 5 sharps in the key signature, they are F, C, G, D, and A. You could lower it 1/2 step and play in the key of B flat. But my guess is that if you play just the first 4 measures in the written key, you could get the feel of reaching for those sharps.
A piano teacher might suggest that you practice Right Hand and Left Hand separately and then put them together. All of the notes are black keys except B and E. Good luck. It's like any skill you practice--FMQ or playing sharps. The more you do it, the better you get.
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Wha hoo - I practiced my FMQ and finally got the hang of it so with your suggestion of the B and E keys, perhaps my mind can wrap around the notes. Thank you so very much!

May Christmas blessings find you and yours.
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