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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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Understanding transposing instruments

I know just enough about music to be frustrated about how little I know. I was taught to read music and play guitar when I was five or six and I only had time to take one music appreciation class in ...
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Am I Doing It Wrong? Why Can't I Use Multiple 5-Line Staves to Represent Guitar's Open Strings?

As a rock songwriter with interest in theory, I sometimes score my music to engage with it differently. I’d open MuseScore, create 3 treble clef staves—one for the voice and two for the guitars—and a ...
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Transposing sheet music question

I know what transposing is, but I'm not sure about something. If I have some sheet music for tenor sax in A major, is that a transposed A major, or concert A major? If the sheet music for tenor is ...
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Instrument key vs sheet music key [duplicate]

I have a logic problem in my head. Let me first state what I know. recorder in A key with all closed holes plays an A. recorder in C key with all closed holes plays a C. in sheet music a C sits one ...
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Two instruments on the same staff in different octaves

I understand it's relatively common to have two instruments, even from different families, share a part and/or space in the score if they play the same thing throughout the whole piece. In a piece I'm ...
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why does music become less harmonic if we transpose it down to the extreme low end of the piano?

Why does music become less harmonic if we transpose it down to the extreme low end of the piano? The reason I'm asking this is, is so that I cross check an assumption in a philosophy post: https://...
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Open + Barre Chord Combinations

So, for example, I am doing a song, 'Tere Hawale', Right. I transpose to my comfortable scale, so which would be E Major, right. So I find the chords, and I can have a open + Barre Chord Combination, ...
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How to avoid double sharps in LilyPond

I have this code: \new StaffGroup << \override StaffGroup.SystemStartBracket.stencil = ##f \new ...
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Transposing Piano Accompaniment for Vocalist - When to Change Clefs

I have been transposing some voice + piano accompaniment music originally written for a mezzo-soprano or alto into a key for a tenor down (usually by a third or a fourth) and have found the resulting ...
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Why is french horn not written a 5th above the rest of the orchestra when it is supposed to be? [duplicate]

Here the orchestra plays in D but the french horn is written in C major when it should be written in A major. There are accidentals but I dont understan why the correct key signature is not used?
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Lilypond: transpose a sequence to modes with different intervallic structure

I am looking for a Lilypond function to transpose sequences of notes between modes that have different intervallic structure (e. g. from major to harmonic minor). My assumption is that the modes have ...
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Is using transpose function on a keyboard a bad idea? [duplicate]

I have a digital keyboard that has a transpose function which can shift the pitch up or down by the number of semi-tones I want. I hear some say that most good keyboardists frown up using the ...
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Why don't all transposing instruments have transposing clefs?

Is there a reason for which some transposing instruments (say, horns in F, bass clarinets etc.) don't have transposing clefs? For some instruments it's not odd to have them, e.g. tenor voice always ...
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Writing music for tenor sax from piano [duplicate]

I have a famous song written for piano that I want to transpose for tenor sax. Is that the correct term? It will be put on a piece of art as a gift so its very important I do this correctly. I am very ...
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Transposing from 3 sharps to 4 flats

I am trying to change a song that is in 3 sharps to 4 flats (as I am better in flats). The original piece in 3 sharps has several extra flats, sharps, and naturals and, of course, I believe I need to ...
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Transposition: written pitch vs sounding pitch

I have a small doubt in melody writing of grade 8 standard. The given question is: Write a 12 bar melody for Clarinet in Bb using the notes of D Mixolydian Mode in written pitch rather than sounding ...
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Solo piano: Why not compose everything in or including the keys C major and A minor? [duplicate]

This is a follow-up question to What's the point of keys other than C and Am? After going through that question, I wrote down the key general facts: The C major and A minor keys have the simplest ...
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What is a half step down from a song in Gbm on piano?

When a singer asks to tune a song a half step down from Gbm would that be Fminor or Gb?
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How to transpose from guitar scores to clarinet?

Guitar in standard tuning B♭ clarinet I have the chords for a song in guitar. I need to join the guitar on clarinet, but I cannot find the partiture to play. How can I join the guitar (rhythmic ...
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Is it OK to use the transpose function of a piano like guitar players use a capo?

The title says it all, I guess. I'm in the process of learning scales and chords in the different signatures. I find some patterns/licks to be easier in, for example, D minor, so when playing a song ...
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C Trumpet in Beethoven's 5th symphony

For a school assignment, I am playing part of Beethoven's 5th Symphony on keyboards. While analyzing the piece, I'm confused by the trumpet part. In the score I am using, it is written as 'Trombe in C'...
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Efficient ways to octave down notes that exceed range?

Often, I'll come across music with notes that exceed my range. Typically, I will just octave the phrase down, and that usually sounds fine. Recently, I've come across a run, in which if I were to ...
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C Major with F# transpose to D major

I have C major with F# in it. If I want to transpose it to D major, do I just raise F# two steps up? So G#? I am a little confused about transposing with accidentals involved.... Should I follow the ...
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How can I use Lilypond to produce transposed notation?

Lilypond has a \transpose command: the following notation \transpose c d { \relative c' { c4 d e f g } } produces I was wondering if I can use this command somehow to produce transposed notation, i....
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What's the interval that I need to transpose from C minor to E minor?

Would this be a minor third of a major third? Sorry if this is a simple question, it's been a while since I studied music theory. For an example, suppose there was an Fmaj chord within the C minor ...
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what is the difference between a french horn in F and a french horn in E flat (or other keys)?

I know that a french horn in F means, that instead of playing a C it plays an F, and the same with E flat. But why are there french horns in F AND french horns in E flat? Wouldn't the only difference ...
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Can the Eb alto clarinet and the Eb soprano clarinet be substituted?

I am putting together a band to play the piece Variations on a Korean Folk Song by John Barnes Chance. I Was wondering if I could substitute both clarinets parts with a Alto sax seeing as they are ...
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Treble Clef with optional 8 va bassa?

What is a treble clef with 8 in parentheses used for? My software (MuseScore 3.x) ignores it (as if it were a treble without any 8). What is the point of this clef? Is it for transposing instruments? ...
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Changing key of music in a PDF format

I would like to change the key of some pieces (in PDF format) to fit into my recorder range. Could someone suggest an easy way to do that?
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When transposing songs from major key to minor key, should it be natural minor or harmonic minor?

I noticed that people can transpose songs from major key to minor key vice versa, but I'm wondering that should a major key be transposed to natural minor or harmonic minor? I'm confused
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Transposing trombones and tubas from bass clef to treble clef

I'm a new boy at transposition school(!). (I play piano so am familiar with which note is which in the two clefs.) I play clarinets, Bb and A. We only use treble clef, so it's a simply process of ...
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How do I reasonably deal with a clef change?

I am currently trying to transpose some notes from singing to the cello. The Cello uses the bass clef, and because it is one of the many instruments which also uses concert pitch as stated in this ...
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In what key signature is singing written in, and how do I adapt for alto saxophone?

Note: I am not that good in general music theory but I will try to get my point across as best as I can. I am currently in charge of writing/transposing the scores of a little hobby band. I got the ...
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Can you explain the transposing convention in this Jean Sibelius's score?

I am looking at a 1954 edition of Jean Sibelius's orchestral score for Tapiola. It has the Concert Pitch instruments (Flutes, Violins etc) in two sharps. He then has various other key signatures which ...
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Where is the transpose (fine tune) button in Live 11?

I would like to change the the pitch in cts not just st (semitones). This question sounds a bit stupid. The button used to be there, because I have successfully used it. Below there is a screenshot of ...
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Are there hidden technical difficulties for vocalists when they transpose?

I am not a vocalist, but an instrumentalist. When I want to transpose something up or down a half step, this takes considerable work: different hand/chord shapes on the piano, completely different ...
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Are Rubank Method books for transposing instruments written in concert pitch?

I want to learn to play written music for the e-flat alto, and b-flat tenor saxophones. I have seen many recommendations for using the Rubank Method books to practice. I understand transposing ...
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If a certain transposing instrument plays a Bb, but it sounds like a C, why not just call it a C? [duplicate]

Why call it a Bb, if it sounds like a C? Why not just write it as a C?
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What are the exact steps of transposing a note?

There are some related answers (like "What is the formal definition of 'transpose'?", and "What is the idea of "transposing by perfect unison"?"), but they didn't answer ...
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Keys in Real Book vs. Real Vocal Book

I like seeing the lyrics to jazz standards, but I would also like to practice standards in their original/standard keys. How many tunes in the Real Vocal Book "High Voice" (which has the ...
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When playing a bass part on piano do you play it in the right octave or one octave up as written?

I am learning to play a song on the piano which shows the guitar chords, bass guitar notation as well as the piano notation. As usual, the bass guitar part is written one octave higher than what the ...
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Singing and transposing in the same key

Hey guys I have a question. If I'm singing a song and it was too high for me by a few semi tones and I decided to sing it lower, would I have to also transpose the background music in order for it to ...
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Transposing key signatures - how to do so quickly?

I've been attempting to pick up my music theory after a 1 month hiatus, and I've stumbled across transposing key signatures - is there a quick method of figuring out the new key signature? Because ...
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Note-naming when transposing by semitone

I'm new in music theory and also a junior web developer. I created a simple script that converts letter notes by semitone. I'm confused on how to transpose notes. My current understanding is when you ...
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How can I transpose an audio track in Logic Pro X without having the duration changed?

I'm recording vocal audio tracks, but I don't reach some pitches (like a C2) so i tried singing the parts one octave higher and using the transposition feature in the inspector (Shortcut: "i"...
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is it possible to read and play a piece that's written in Gflat (6 flats) by substituting those for one sharp, thus in key G?

I play Renaissance tenor recorder. I usually stick to Renaissance music, but like Rutter's "What Sweeter Music", that is in 6 flats! Why write in 6 flats when 1 sharp would do? Can I play ...
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Playing clarinet from saxophone music

I am starting to study the clarinet and have been given some sax music. As both instruments are in B-flat, if I use the clarinet to play the sax music: what must I be aware of? are there octaves ...
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Question about music transposition

I'm really new to music theory and I'm trying to figure this out. I need to transpose a score in B major to the key Bb major. When I click transpose, should it be up, or down, and what interval should ...
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Understanding How the Guitar Capo Changes Chords

I recently found a song transcribed where the user plays all the chords on with a capo on the second fret this would move up the open string chords to the following: EADGBe=F#BEAC#F# He then ...
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Key signatures in Dvorak 9th symphony

I'm learning about transposing instruments, and now I'm looking at Dvorak's 9th symphony. In the second movement (Largo) I don't understand the key signature of the clarinet in A. The first movement ...
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