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Transpose C to Eb

Learn how to transpose a melody or a score from C to E♭. This transposition can be useful for E♭ saxophones, E♭ clarinets, E♭ saxhorn.

How to transpose from C to E♭

Melody to transpose from C to E♭

Below is a melody we want to transpose from C to E♭:


Transposing this melody for alto saxophone in E♭

The method is the same described in Transposition:

- From where to where?: I am a E♭ instrument and I want to play a C score, and because I'm an alto saxophone, so I know that I'm sounding lower than written (read Transposing instruments).
- What interval?: I must play all an ascending major sixth upper.
- Initial key?: Here the key is F Major
- New key?: Adding an ascending major sixth to F Major produce D Major
- Key Signature Identification?: The new key signature for D Major is 2 sharps (2♯)
- Which clef to use (sight-reading)?: Here you must read the music score with a Soprano clef

Result:

Greenleeves in E flat, saxophone alto

You should be careful with accidentals:

- Bar 7,8 and 15: C♯ become A♯
- Bar 15: B♮ become G♯

Transposing this melody for clarinet in E♭

The method is the same described in Transposition:

- From where to where?: I am a E♭ instrument and I want to play a C score, and because I'm an clarinet in E♭ so I know that I'm sounding upper than written (read Transposing instruments).
- What interval?: I must play all a descending minor third lower.
- Initial key?: Here the key is F Major
- New key?: Subtracting a descending minor third to F Major produce D Major
- Key Signature Identification?: The new key signature for D Major is 2 sharps (2♯)
- Which clef to use (sight-reading)?: Here you must read the music score with a Soprano clef

Result:

Greenleeves in E flat, clarinet in E flat

You should be careful with accidentals:

- Bar 7,8 and 15: C♯ become A♯
- Bar 15: B♮ become G♯


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