Transpose Eb to Bb

Learn how to transpose a melody or a score from E♭ to B♭. This transposition can be useful for clarinet in B♭, trumpet in B♭ or sopranino saxophone in B♭.

How to transpose from E♭ to B♭

Melody to transpose from E♭ to B♭

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

Transposing this melody for clarinet in B♭, trumpet in B♭

The method is the same described in Transposition:

- From where to where?: I am a clarinet in B♭ or a trumpet in B♭ and I want to play a E♭ score for alto saxophone, and I know that a written C4 for alto saxophone in E♭ is sounding E♭3 and that a written C4 for clarinet in B♭ or a trumpet in B♭ is sounding B♭3 (read Transposing instruments).
- What interval?: I must play all a descending perfect fifth lower.
- Initial key?: Here the key is F Major
- New key?: Subtracting a descending perfect fifth to F Major produce Bb Major
- Key Signature Identification?: The new key signature for Bb Major is 2 flats (2♭)
- Which clef to use (sight-reading)?: Here you must read the music score with a mezzo-soprano clef


Greenleeves in B flat from E flat

You should be careful with accidentals:

- Bar 7,8 and 15: C♯ become F♯
- Bar 15: B♮ become E♮

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DCrane wrote on 05-12-2019 :

Hello! Very useful site, however it appears you have gotten a little confused between the soprano and sopranino saxophone at the top of the page. You have written that this could be used for a B flat sopranino, when in fact that instrument would be in the key of E flat (one octave above the alto saxophone). I believe you instead mean that this technique could be used when playing a B flat soprano saxophone.
Don't mean to be a pain, just thought it was worth pointing out.

1 anwser(s) : answered on 06-02-2020 :


thanks for your comment, it is now fixed

Best regards

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