#1
Okay, so I know this is probably in the searchbar but i was too lazy to look, so sorry..

ANYWAYS, here's the story. I'm a guitar player (obviously) and a really good alto sax player, and i just got a new sax but all the music i have for it is all band arrangements, sound like crap with the sax on it's own. What i need to know is how to transpose the guitar sheet music to sax sheet music, which is transposing guitar (key of C) to alto sax (key of Eb). I know I should know this stuff but i just started high school and we don't learn transposing until later on in the years attending. So I'm asking you guys/girls to tell me, how many tones/semi-tones up or down do i have to transpose it to in order to play the guitar sheet music on my alto sax?

thanks in advance, I hope someone can help me here...
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#2
3 semis up
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#5
It's normaly much easier if you figure out the chord numbers (chord 1, 4, 5 ect) in your original key, and then just apply it to your new key. That's how I approach it.
#7
3 Semitones up or a minor 3rd interval up. Put everything note up 1 ledger line/1 space and change the key signature accordingly.


Just so you know, for any reason, when you transpose chords: You change the root of the chord like you would change any note in the piece and you keep whatever name/tonality there is to the chord. A Cmajor 7 chord (in C) transposed to Eb would be Ebmajor 7.
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Last edited by metal4all at Jul 17, 2008,
#9
WAIT a minute, if you want to take something written for a concert pitch instrument and play it on an Eb instrument, you would transpose it DOWN a minor third. Since the Eb instrument is pitched a minor third higher, you write the music down to compensate. A concert C is an A played on an Eb instrument, etc.
#10
3 semitones up
or (for a lower sound)
10 semitones down

hehe.. think thats right

I transpose guitar music down for clarinet all the time, but that just a tone down.. so its a lot easier heh

i know how you feel about the band music... although i started guitar before clarinet
#11
Damn, I only read the title and posted. I thought this was a song transposition.

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WAIT a minute, if you want to take something written for a concert pitch instrument and play it on an Eb instrument, you would transpose it DOWN a minor third. Since the Eb instrument is pitched a minor third higher, you write the music down to compensate. A concert C is an A played on an Eb instrument, etc.

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