Utilities Transposing

Transposition


Transponere, lat. = übersetzen

Transponere, lat. = transpose
With many instruments the transcribed notes don’t match the actual sound.

The tenor sax for example is tuned in Bb and by playing the transcribed note C the note Bb sounds. In the following table are a few instruments with their corresponding tuning listed.

Realbooks and lead sheets are mostly transcribed in C and for instruments that are not tuned to C the scores have to be rewritten. With ScaleTwister this is a cakewalk. Here are some useful examples:

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Transposing of a Score in C to Tenor Sax Score (Bb)

Just simply imagine that the color circle displays your tenor sax notes and the background of the ScaleTwister shows the notes of the lead sheet.

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Transposing of a Tenor Sax Score (Bb) to a Alt Sax Score (Eb)

Now just imagine that the background of the ScaleTwister are your tenor sax notes and on the wheel are the alto sax notes. Since the note C is noted as D with the tenor sax and A with the alto sax, turn the A of the wheel to the position D of the background and then you can read all the notes.

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Transposing of a Score by any Interval Step

In the initial position the pointer of the wheel points to 12 o’clock. It points to the note C on the background. The background of the ScaleTwister corresponds again to the score you would like to transpose. If you want to step up a score by a major third for example, turn the wheel until the desired interval (major 3rd) is on the 12 o’clock position. Now you can read the notes..

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