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I realized the other day while teaching that I am unsure how trills really work. For example, if you are in the key of G Major and have trill for the note C, do you play C to C sharp or from C to D? Is is key dependent- major or minor dependent- and furthermore, does anyone know a good resource for answering these kinds of question?
-- Jennifer Hastings (email@example.com), September 01, 2004
Normally you play according to the key you're in. So, in G major the trill would be on C and D. If you're supposed to use a different note, it is usually notated with a tiny accidental above or below the trill sign.
In Baroque and Classical music, a trill on C would begin on D (that is, DCDC); in Romantic, it usually begins on the C.
I know there are some good websites out there, but haven't bookmarked any. Hopefully someone else will help with that!
-- Alice Dearden (firstname.lastname@example.org), September 02, 2004.
You could check your music store for a book on ornamentation. It's such a large topic. Also, check out the university library nearest you.
-- anita (email@example.com), September 10, 2004.
It's key dependent unless otherwise notated. A trill on C in the key of G where the composer wished you to trill from C to C# (not in the key) would have a # sign over the trill to indicate that.
-- Steve Brown (firstname.lastname@example.org), October 01, 2004.