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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Conditionally transpose up versus down in LilyPond?

In version 2.19.x, how can I make LilyPond decide whether – and by how much – to transpose up or down, depending on a target octave/range for one of the transposed notes (I'll call that note the "...
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When to use 8va in musical notation?

I want to know after how many ledger lines should you start notating music with the 8va symbol. I have read that the flute often has music written on ledger lines. So up to how many ledger lines can a ...
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Writing a score in C (as it will sound)

I want to learn how to write a score for transposing instruments as it will sound (in C). I have a vague idea of how to do this, like for example, you need to know the transposing intervals of the ...
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In a folk jam session, when asked which key my non-transposing chromatic instrument (like a violin) is in, what do I answer?

I know of transposing instruments. A transposing instrument is one where the player reads a C, plays a C, and what sounds is the name of the key of the instrument. Those instruments are often referred ...
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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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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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Transposing from C to Cm? [duplicate]

trying to transpose a song from C to Cm, is this possible? how many semitones?etc My software is playing up and my theory isn't that great, thanks
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Strategies for transposing in real time

I recently went to a ukulele meet-up to play some music and meet some people and I bought the song book that they use. It consists of mostly pop/rock songs and old folk tunes however, they have all ...
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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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Acoustic guitar chords' positions vs those of a Bass guitar

I will appreciate who can acknowledge me about the differences of chords on an acoustic guitar's fret board with that of a 4-string Bass guitar. how could we perform one's chord on another's and how ...
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What's the point of keys other than C and Am?

I'm VERY new to music theory, just learning. I'm reading about keys and scales right now. From what I understand major keys are all the same except for being shifted by one or more semitones (e.g. C ...
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Is it possible to transpose samples (in cents) from minor to major?

I'd like to transpose a sample (in cents) from G Minor to C Major. How do I do that, or is it even possible?
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MuseScore - Copy and paste

I have just started experimenting with MuseScore. Nothing serious but it is proving to be a useful tool to explore and understand music. I was entering some string parts and hit this odd problem. I ...
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The variety of all transposing instruments

A recent question on tuning saxophones caused me to wonder on the variety of transposing instruments. Here's some that I already know: C - Non-transposing or by whole octaves. At concert pitch - too ...
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Transposing a complete piece

I am quite confused about transposing from one key to another. I have got an orchestral piece in C major and I would like to change it to e minor. The harmony has plenty of chromatic chords. How ...
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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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When does a song sound bad in its parallel major / minor key?

I've recently been getting into transposing songs into their parallel major / minor keys. I've recently tried the Princess Mononoke Theme by Joe Hisaishi, but it just sounds weird when we transpose it ...
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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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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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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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What key is correct when guitars are half step down?

I see many charts for praise and worship songs charted in sharp keys (A#, F#) major. One song is charted F# Major. I would think the guitars are tuned a half step down and they are playing like it is ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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On a guitar, what keys correspond to different capo positions?

I've long had this question. I know some music theory, but I can only get a vague idea as to the progression of keys when moving the capo down a guitar's neck. I'm fairly certain that the guitar is in ...
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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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Why transpose at the octave?

If an instrument has a range too high or too low for composers to easily write its music on bass or treble clef, the music may be written either an octave higher or an octave lower than it sounds, in ...
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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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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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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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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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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 are the practical reasons for still having transposing instruments?

I understand that historically there was a need for transposing instruments. e.g. Brass instruments would use lead pipes to change their key and players in brass bands would like to stick to the same ...
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How much can transposing a song by a half step or a whole step help a vocalist?

It is not uncommon for a singer to ask for a piece to be transposed up or down a half step or a whole step. This minute change might be a big change for instrumentalist, like horn players, who have to ...
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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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How to improve agility when Transposing?

I'm a Big fan of C Major and enjoy improvising songs on C Major, even when the song is not in C, I Always "Transpose" the chord or arpeggio into C Major. Unfortunately, when accompany someone, or ...
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Why are there transposing instruments that transpose by octave?

Some instruments (for example the guitar, the bass guitar, and the xylophone) have written music in a typical clef, however the note written and the note played are an octave lower or higher depending ...
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Software that transposes music?

I would love to be able to learn the flute by playing more popular music. However, all the free sheet music that I can find for a flute in the key of C is lame stuff like "Jingle Bells." In my search ...
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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?