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Thread: How can you tell what register a song is written in?

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    Default How can you tell what register a song is written in?

    How are you able to tell what register a song is written in? (bass, tenor, alto or soprano) Does it depend on the frequency of the pitch? If so, what are the frequency requirements for every particular registers?

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    I know this person's not coming back, but I'll reply anyway. Also, my music theory's a little rusty.

    Songs are not bass, tenor, alto, or soprano. Those 4 major registers make up a song, and have to do with the instruments or vocals that are playing/singing. Usually when you talk about this, it has to do with classical or acappella music, so I will give examples of that.

    Bass - tuba, bassoon, baritone/euphonium, baritone sax, bass clarinet, contrabass sax.
    Tenor - trombone, baritone/euphonium, tenor sax, on rare occasions trumpet.
    Alto - trumpet, clarinet, alto sax, flute.
    Soprano - piccollo, flute, trumpet, cornet, alto sax.

    Those are just wind instruments, are general statements, and there are seperate parts for each instrument. For example, there are usually 3 or 4 different trumpet lines in the average composition. The 1st one will play leads and will be soprano. The other 2 or three will play supporting lines, usually with 2nds playing rhythmic lines, and 3rds playing bass-like lines.

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