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Transposition

Transposition is the process of changing the pitch of the 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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