How to Transpose Music from one Key to Another

This section contains information which may be useful on how to transpose music. When music is in a particular key, it may be difficult to play or too high or low to sing comfortably. This page will show you how transposing of music will make a difference to the singing or playing of a piece of music.
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Trouble Playing the Original Key - Transpose

The song you are playing may be written in a difficult key to play, e.g. D# and you may wish to play this in a key which has easy chords such as C, G or E - depending on your instrument. When you transpose you have to remember that all accidentals will be transposed also. 

Take for example the section of music below - its Jingle Bells and is currently in the key of F (1 Flat). 

Jingle Bells in the key of F
Jingle Bells in the key of F

If you want to transpose this to the key of C - with no flat or sharp notes - we have to transpose downwards.
There are 5 semitones between F and C therefore you transpose down by 5 semitones to play in C.
This is the Result in C, having transposed each note downwards by 5 semitones.

Jingle Bells in the key of C
Jingle Bells in the key of C

It may not look like 5 semitones when written on the stave - but you have to remember for each line there is a sharp or flat - Therefore the steps were 

Step 1234 5
Procedure F to E E to D# (or Eb) D# (or Eb) to D D to C# (or Db) C# (or Db) to C

 

The Easy Way of Transposing

Instruments such as Keyboards, or Synths will have an option to auto-transpose the keyboard. You can specify how much you want to transpose with the pressing of one key.

Therefore, if you play a chord of C on the piano, now that it has been transposed, you will actually be playing the chord of G, which is 5 semitones below C.

Hopefully, with the above examples you can understand at least the basic principles behind transposition of music between keys.

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