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… 😉


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!

By satchmo67

Trumpet player.

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