So I have gotten into writing orchestral works and I have a bit of a problem. You see, I can transpose, but I am not used to adjusting the notation of the transposition.
So if I transpose from C to Bb, I typically just change the key signature to Bb, transpose, and then leave it at that. I don't typically adjust it so that Bb is in the position C is in on most instruments. That looks to me like I would be going forwards with both and than backwards with the notation.
I was thinking that until I get an intuition for the different transpositions and what instruments require it, I should write a chart on a piece of paper where the first column is the concert pitch column for reference and then I transpose the individual notes of the chromatic scale to these keys:
Bb for Bb clarinet, euphonium, tuba, saxophone(sopranissimo, soprano, tenor, bass, and subcontrabass) and brass band)
Eb for Eb clarinet, saxophone(sopranino, alto, contrabass)
F for French horn, English horn, and Basset horn(essentially an F clarinet)
G for alto flute
A for A clarinet
Ab for piccolo clarinet(if I ever write for it)
But how would I get an intuition for it? I mean after years of transposing piano music and after researching transposing instruments, I still have trouble writing for clarinet and especially French horn or alto flute.