The Beatles – For No One

This is a tricky little French horn solo. Transposed and transcribed for flugelhorn, with your choice of 6 sharps or 6 flats (identical pitches). In a strange kind of way, it’s a useful exercise to challenge your brain to read the exact same lines of music but written two different ways. I liken playing with 6-7 sharps to climbing into a cow paddock through a barbed wire fence because there’s such a high risk of getting cut. Playing with 6-7 flats to me is like getting through that fence and immediately dodging piles of poop because chances are you’ll find one.

I opted for 6 flats over 6 sharps in this instance, but that was influenced by there being 1 x C♭ to deal with as opposed to 11 x E#. Had all things been equal I’d have probably selected the sharps because I tend to encounter them more commonly and my brain is more accustomed to dealing with them.

Anyway, for your purposes be sure to choose wisely… 😉

Resources:

The Beatles - For No One - Flugelhorn G-flat The Beatles - For No One - Flugelhorn F-sharp

Update June 8, 2017

I was so pleased when I was asked to play this again, in the much kinder key of F♮ (E♭ concert)! Here’s the friendlier chart and Bandhub collab video, expertly sung by my good friend Van:

The Beatles - For No One - Flugelhorn F-natural

Transcribed by me and free for you to use.

What do you think? Please leave a comment and let me know.

Be sure to check out my other transcriptions of music by The Beatles, Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr!

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