Ranges of Common Orchestral Instruments – Written & Sounded

When composing for orchestral instruments, it’s important to know what notes they are capable of producing… and whether or not they are transposing instruments. For example, the lowest note of the Bb trumpet is E3, but on the sheet music, this is written as F#3, a tone higher.

Hopefully the PDF below will help with this somewhat brain-melting concept.

Ranges of Orchestral Instruments

Remember, if you need any assistance with orchestral compositions or music theory, I teach composition and music theory up to grade 8.