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Transposing Piano parts to Violin
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May 24, 2018 - 2:03 pm
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How would one go about transposing a Piano part to Violin? I know that the melody part of the right hand is treble clef so I can read straight off of the music for that; but not sure about the chord part. I'm unfamiliar with how the Bass Clef works. I assume most of the chords would need to be broken into separate notes on the violin and then layered on each other. I tried googling it but wasn't having any luck.


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May 25, 2018 - 12:20 pm
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The most common thing to do would be to take the top line, or melody, and play the solo alone. If you are playing with someone there are quite a few options but no rule that we can simply generalize.

As with any arrangement, playing the bass line always works to a degree.

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May 27, 2018 - 3:52 pm
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I would just like add to Fiddlerman’s answer.  Both the piano and the violin are concert pitch instruments, meaning no transposing is necessary. Like Fiddlerman said, just play the treble clef line as written.  

Chords on Violin

Many chords are playable on violin with double stops. With a few exceptions, the double stops need to be played on two strings that are next to each other and only two notes.  So normally you could play the top and bottom notes of a chord played on piano, but usually only chords on the treble clef can be double stopped on violin.

It can also depend on the piece.  Some piano pieces are simply not suited for violin. 

Another possibility is the piece may have already been written for violin as well, as both instruments are common and many compositions exist for both. 

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