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Questions tagged [transposition]

The shifting of a melody, a harmonic progression or an entire musical piece to another key, while maintaining the same tone structure, i.e. the same succession of whole tones and semitones and remaining melodic intervals.

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Will my voice sit better in the mix with a baritone guitar?

I have a deep singing voice (pleasant range: E2 to D4, extreme range: B flat 1 to F4). It is not shockingly bassy but warm. So if I want to cover a song, I need to transpose it. But I have to ...
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When to use the term transposed instead of modulation?

I was playing 'In the Hall of the Mountain King' and noticed it modulates from B minor to a fifth above, F-sharp major. I looked on wikipedia and found it says: "...
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Transposing down

When transposing, if its transpose down a Major 6th from C. Do you take the key of Eb and say that a major 6th up is C as that would be a major 6th down. But cause your starting note is C if you took ...
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Which key are these notes and how to transpose it to the key of D?

I am a beginner in music theory so please bear with me. I was looking up a document which talks about transposing music and I understand a few things I think about transposing music. But if I, for ...
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Transcribing Nutcracker suite, running into difficulties

Obviously, going from an orchestral score to a piano duet score is hard in general. But I am running into some difficulties with transposition. 2 instruments I am transposing are Bb clarinet and A ...
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I have been playing sax for a couple years and now purchased a clarinet

How can I transpose music written for one instrument to the other so they can be played together? ie same pitch
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Is there a way to turn sharps and flats into natural notes?

I realise this might be kind of a silly question, but I recently got a kalimba and I am trying to turn various piano songs into kalimba songs! My kalimba is tuned to C major and has 17 keys; no ...
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A question regarding transposition and fugal answers

Is it compulsory to introduce the answer of a fugue at +5 or -4 scale degrees relative to the home key? I'm not asking whether it's necessary to transpose the answer; my question is whether ...
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Bass Trombone in G or F

I play in a community brass band and have just taken up the trombone. I'd like to use my tenor trombone (in b flat) to play bass trombone parts where necessary. A lot of the bass trombone parts are ...
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I find composing for transposing instruments hard

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 ...
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Transposing ineffective; song has all 12 chords…?

Players of instruments who use capos: Have any of you ever come across a song that you wanted to use a capo on, but it wouldn't help because the song had all 12 chords of that quality? Let me explain:...
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How to easily transpose sheet music?

I`m trying to get better at reading and writing standard notation. I was wondering how to transpose a piece from one key to another on sheet music , so I wrote a 2 bar phrase and tried to do it myself....
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Inversionally equivalent pc sets relation with transposition

So, I'm reading Allen Forte's Structure of Atonal Music and in the sub-chapter 1.4 Inversionally equivalent pc sets he affirms: It is important to observe that whereas transposition does not imply ...
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When is diatonic transposition useful?

Chromatic transposition, which moves each note by the same number of semitones (e.g. C E G to D F# A) is clearly useful to change the key of a song. I just heard of diatonic transposition, which moves ...
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Can anyone help with the use of a “Non Chord tone” in Arctic Monkey's “R U Mine?”

I've recently had a go at analysing Arctic Monkey's song R U Mine and was wondering about this part shown here: The key of the song is F# minor and and the measure shown starts with a non-chord tone....
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How can I transcribe 'Fine and Mellow' by 'Jose James' on the piano?

I am trying to transcribe 'Fine and Mellow' by 'Jose James' and at 3:25 the piano plays a short solo. I am finding it difficult to transcribe this however as even slowing the song way down it still ...
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Can a violinist, violist, or cellist transpose by perfect fifth by just playing one string higher or lower?

In Can I play an English horn part with a viola?, jjmusicnotes commented that "transposing down a fifth is a pretty straightforward practice" for violists. I'm not a string player, so I've never ...
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Can I play an English horn part with a viola?

I want to perform music in class for a Shakespeare play. Can I play an English horn part with a viola?
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How can I play two overlapping parts with different sounds on keyboard?

I'd like to be able to play two separate overlapping parts using different sounds, without having to invest in two separate keyboards. In my new project, we're moving from some arrangements laid ...
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Lilypond produces unexpected interval changes with \relative and \transpose

Consider the following scores below. I would have thought Lilypond would apply a consistent transposition to the notes without the need to reformat the interval notations. The first stave is the ...
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Should I configure my keyboard transposition to match the key of a score?

If a score is written in say the the key of A, should I transpose my keyboard to the same?
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Transposing from flute to clarinet by computer [closed]

Pretty simple question. I play clarinet and a few other reed instruments. I don’t play flute. In being asked to play occasional musicals the reed book I get most often will have some flute parts. ...
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How many cents would would i need to shift the pitch of the sample to change its key?

I have a sample in C# Major that I want transposed to F# Major. How many cents would would i need to shift the pitch of the sample in order to transpose it?
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What orchestral compositions have parts for Trumpet in H?

I know I've played parts written in H, but I can't find any from Google search. H is the German equivalent of B. Source: http://web.library.yale.edu/cataloging/music/names-keys-french-german-italian-...
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Lowering the key of a song by a semitone

What does lowering the key of a song by a semitone exactly mean? If a song is for example in F major, and you lower the key by a semitone, do you lower every note by a semitone? This becomes E G♭ A♭ A ...
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Transposing a Cello part to be played by a B flat Bass Clarinet

I have a cello part written in bass clef. I want to transpose the part to be played by a B flat bass clarinet who reads only treble clef. How? For example, a G (being the bottom line on the bass clef) ...
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Why are some instruments listed 'in F' or 'in B'?

I am looking through scores of pieces that I particularly like. I can't understand (as this is the first time I have come across it) why here, in the manuscript, some instruments are named as ...
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Need Help with Trumpet Lesson and Piano Chords

Not sure how to explain my problem so please bear with me. I'm studying IIm7-V7 Etude from a Trumpet book called "Amazing Phrasing". It's called Idea #11 if anyone happens to have the book. It's a ...
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How to get lower in scale from A minor scale?

I am practicing on a song which is on A minor key.. The chords for song are Am, G, F, E.. But it feels difficult for me to sing on that scale as it goes further high even over my upper limits. So, I ...
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Five Fret Higher Guitar Tuning for Voicing

In order from bottom up, I'm considering moving my A, B, G, and E strings to the left one string, while tuning the B up to C. Then I discard the low E and replace the high e with another G string ...
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How to identify and name Full Diminished Seventh Chords?

I made a frightening discovery -- No mater what inversion diminished seventh chords are in, all of the notes are the same interval apart! A minor 3rd. How then is someone to identify what name the ...
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Trumpet - Is it bad practice to transpose tunes down for your register?

Is it bad practice to transpose tunes down for your register? I've been going through a fake book and learning the melodies to jazz tunes I like. A lot of them are in registers that I cannot hit (I ...
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Do musicians who never learned to read music but play a transposing instrument learn the standard fingering names?

If a trumpeter or saxophonist, for example, learned to play music by ear and not by sheet music or formal training, is it more likely that s/he learned the standard fingering names or the concert ...
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Lilypond: \transpose syntax for an entire song

I am trying to transpose an entire song from B Flat Major to A Major. There is only one part for a "C" instrument. I have it tagged as "flute", but it could just as easily function with a C Melody ...
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Composing in one key and then switch to another

This is a question mainly for more advanced pianists: What is a better way for me to compose? As of now, I compose mostly in C or A, as I'm not as familiar with other keys in terms of finding chords ...
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Transposing Music

Can you just transpose particular sections of a song as opposed to the transposition being applied to the whole song? For example, let's say I had a song where the lowest note was (A2) and the highest ...
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What is Fuzzy Transposition?

Is anyone familiar with fuzzy transposition? If so, could you please elaborate on the concept and its formulas?
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Transposing jazz standard 'Tune up' question

I am a novice jazz pianist. My teacher had me learn tune up in its original key (D major) and memorize it with just melody on the right hand and shell voicings in the left. Now he wants me to play it ...
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What are the lowest Horn transpositions?

Are there opera parts for Horn that have transpositions lower than Bflat Basso? A Basso, A flat Basso and so on?
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Are transposing instruments always written higher than they sound?

From this workbook extract it seems that transposing instruments are always written higher than they sound, is this always true? EXTRACT: If you compose music for any transposing instrument you have ...
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Playing alto sax with piano or guitar [duplicate]

I have no musical background but I can read sheet music. I just rented an Eb alto saxophone. I think I know the answer to the following question but I'm not sure: If a piano or guitar is playing a ...
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What is it called when you move chords a step up or down?

What is the name or concept that explains or refers to when chords become other chords if you move them one step up or down? For example, B♭ Major becomes A Major once it's moved a step down, and ...
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Can the guitar be a “non-C” transposing instrument?

I do know that the guitar with standard tuning is a transposing instrument sounding an octave below written pitch. But what about a guitar with transposed standard tuning, can it be considered as a ...
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Why do instruments have a key?

There are many instruments that have keys other than C. For example: The Eb Alto Saxophone The Bb Clarinet The Horn in F Why do these instruments have a key in the first place? Here's a more ...
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Wind instruments and sharp keys

As far as I know, most of the wind instruments are transposing, and many of them are either in B, in E-flat or in F - these keys make them more suitable for playing in "flat" keys. My question is why ...
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Music theory - transposing

I want to play this piece originally for cello. I need this music for a flute. Cello and flutes are both in the key of C, but cello is a non transposing instrument in the bass clef. How can I do this?
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Is there a simple way to transpose a song from one key to another? What is the methodology?

What is a simple way to accomplish transposing a song from one key to another key? In other words if I am looking at a song written in the key of C and can't sing it in that key and I want to ...
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Transposing on a Yamaha PSR-180

I'm new to the keyboard and music. Is it possible to transpose on the Yamaha PSR-180 so I can play Moonlight? If it is, how do I do it?
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Transposing song that contains notes/chords outside the root key to a new key

I've been trying to figure out how to change the key of a song. I have a chart like this: http://www.howmusicworks.org/Image/major5 I originally thought that I could just find the notes, and read ...
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While transposing a note from one key to another, how to know the correct octave

Transposition is simple: C in C major reads as G in G major, but if that very C is C4, what G (G4 or G5) is the corresponding G? What is the rule to figure out the octave?