Transposition

Transposition

Transposition: Learn how to transpose a melody by hand and learn how to Transpose Music at Sight. Learn the method with some transposition examples.

Transposition is the process of changing the pitch of the music notes (up or down) by a constant interval without modifying the melodic intervals.

For example, if you have the melody of Eine Kleine Nachtmusik (A Little Night Music) by Mozart beginning with a G and you want to play it beginning with a C, so you must transpose the melody.

How to transpose a melody?


You had to learn this before:
- Whole steps and half steps united states of america (Tones and semitones united kingdom)
- Key signature
- Intervals
- Key Signature Identification

Imagine you have this melody (Eine Kleine Nachtmusik (A Little Night Music) by Mozart):



But you want (or you need) to play this melody lower and beginning with a C: You just have to transpose the melody a perfect fifth lower.

Below is the method to transpose:

- From where to where?: In this example we want to move from G to C (lower).
- What interval?: Here it is a descending perfect fifth.
- Initial key?: Here the key is G Major
- New key?: Adding a descending perfect fifth to G Major produce C Major
- Key Signature Identification?: The new key signature for C Major is neutral (no accidentals)

And here is the result:


Sight-reading & transposition

Transposing at sight is transposing a music score without rewriting it, only just at sight.

How to Transpose Music at Sight?

The method is the same:

Imagine you have this melody (Eine Kleine Nachtmusik (A Little Night Music) by Mozart):



But you want (or you need) to play this melody lower and beginning with a C: You just have to transpose the melody a perfect fifth lower.

Below is the method to transpose:

- From where to where?: In this example we want to move from G to C (lower).
- What interval?: Here it is a descending perfect fifth.
- Initial key?: Here the key is G Major
- New key?: Adding a descending perfect fifth to G Major produce C Major
- Key Signature Identification?: The new key signature for C Major is neutral (no accidentals)
- Which clef to use?: Here you must read the music score with a mezzo-soprano clef

And here is the result:



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Transposing instruments

Transposing instruments

A transposing instrument is an instrument for which the written notes sound differently from the notes heard. List of most common transposing instruments.

Transpose C to Bb

Transpose C to Bb

Transposition: Transpose C to B♭, learn how to transpose by hand or at sight a melody or a score from C to B flat. Useful for clarinet, saxophone or trumpet.

Transpose C to Eb

Transpose C to Eb

Transposition: Transpose C to E♭, learn how to transpose by hand or at sight a melody or a score from C to E flat. Useful for saxophones, clarinets, saxhorn.

Transpose C to F

Transpose C to F

Transposition: Transpose C to F, learn how to transpose by hand or at sight a melody or a score from C to F. Useful for horn, basset horn or english horn.

Transpose Bb to C

Transpose Bb to C

Transposition: Transpose B♭ to C, learn how to transpose by hand or at sight a melody or a score from B flat to C. Useful for clarinet, trumpet, Saxophones.

Transpose Bb to Eb

Transpose Bb to Eb

Transposition: Transpose B♭ to E♭, learn how to transpose by hand or at sight a melody from B flat to E flat. Useful for alto saxophone, sopranino saxophone.

Transpose Bb to F

Transpose Bb to F

Transposition: Transpose B♭ to F, learn how to transpose by hand or at sight a melody or a score from B flat to F. Useful for horn in F or english horn in F.

Transpose Eb to C

Transpose Eb to C

Transposition: Transpose E♭ to C, learn how to transpose by hand or at sight a melody from E flat to C. Useful for B♭ clarinet, B♭ trumpet, B♭ Saxophones.

Transpose Eb to Bb

Transpose Eb to Bb

Transposition: Transpose E♭ to B♭, learn how to transpose by hand or at sight a melody from E flat to B flat. Useful for clarinet, trumpet, saxophone.

Transpose Eb to F

Transpose Eb to F

Transposition: Transpose E♭ to F, learn how to transpose by hand or at sight a melody or a score from E flat to F. Useful for horn in F or english horn in F.

Transpose F to C

Transpose F to C

Transposition: Transpose F to C, learn how to transpose by hand or at sight a melody or a score from F to C. Useful for horn and english horn.

Transpose F to Eb

Transpose F to Eb

Transposition: Transpose F to E♭, learn how to transpose by hand or at sight a melody or a score from F to E flat. Useful for saxophones, clarinets, saxhorn.

Transpose F to Bb

Transpose F to Bb

Transposition: Transpose F to B♭, learn how to transpose by hand or at sight a melody or a score from F to B flat. Useful for B♭ clarinet or B♭ trumpet.

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