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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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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How to change octaves on Yamaha E363

I have read the documentation but it doesn't explain how to transpose or change the octave setting or else it is not implementing my changes. Function > Transpose > Adjust -/+ keys but they LED ...
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Common for vocal octaves to be not exact with written sheet music?

I have observed that some songs are sung in lower octaves than what's written on the official sheet music, I only recall noticing this for male singers who are bass or baritones, not tenors, not that ...
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Which symbol should I use to indicate "transpose"?

I'm making an online chord database, and I want symbols instead of words to label everything, so it can be used by non English speakers. E.g. instead of "Home" I have a picture of a house. I ...
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Will a song of F-major sound higher than C-major if they are following the same harmonic progression?

When trying to write songs in F-major, I realize that by using inversions I can achieve a range that is manageable for instruments and voices to play. Yet, I notice that more often than not, my ...
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How to tell in which key to transpose a song

My vocal range is D3-D5. I have found that most of the songs I sing will be very comfortable for me if I change their pitch to match the D key. Yet there are others that do not fall into that ...
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How do I transpose an orchestral piece if it will push some of the instruments out of their range?

Chord inversions seem to be the obvious choice, but sometimes it changes the overall harmony or disturbs the voice leading. Am I stuck with that key of whatever the orchestral piece is originally ...
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How to personallise songs to fit my voice in audacity

Though I've taken vocal lessons for about a year I'm an inexperienced vocalist (Approx. Range ~D3 - ~D5). I'm currently using karaoke versions of songs as backing tracks and sing on top of them. For ...
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Clarinet range-transposing a cello part

I have a cello part that I would like to transpose for clarinet. The lowest note is a concert G(2 below middle C). Is there a clarinet that has that note?
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Can any song on guitar be played with standard tuning and without a capo?

Sometimes I see artists I like that either use weird tunings or a capo when they play a song. I don't feel like finding my capo nor changing from standard tuning. Is it theoretically possible to play ...
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Building Guitar/piano chord progressions over alto sax scales

I'm trying to play some guitar/piano chord progressions for my daughter to improvise over using the scales she's learning on her alto saxophone and looking for some help. I know that to transpose I ...
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Write tenor and alto sax Score along piano

please ! someone help me understand this. I am writing a score for piano and tenor sax in C Major, simple. Now, how do you write the music on the sheet for both instruments In this example, is the ...
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Term for conversion between different tonalities (C major to C minor, etc.)

(Inspired by this recent question:) If we theorists reserve "transposition" for shifting everything by specific intervals, like every note goes down by a minor 3rd, what do we say when someone ...
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