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Apr 08

SAX TRANSPOSITION CHART.

SAX TRANSPOSITION CHART.

If there is anything that can get your head in a spin, it is transposing sax parts. Here is a chart that you can download, print and paste on your wall in your work space.

When your head starts spinning, remember there are 2 basic rules:
Bb instruments 1 whole tone above concert part
Eb instruments Think about it as the note of the relative minor of the concert part.

Transposition Chart

Transposition Chart

You can either “right-click save as” this picture to print out the chart or save it as an image. Or you can download this free transposition chart here

 

When I’m transposing a part, to stop my head getting into a spin, I write out the notes of the scale of the concert key, and directly below write the notes of the transposing key.
e.g.

Concert Instrument G Major

G MAJOR

G MAJOR

 

 

 

 

 

Eb instrument E Major

 

E MAJOR

E MAJOR

 

 

 

 

 

Its good also to take note that when working with guitarists, that guitarists love certain keys. If you take the time to familiarise yourself with these keys you will always be one step ahead.

They are C,D,E,G, and A
So Bb instruments need to be familiar with D,E. F#/Gb and B
Eb instruments need to be familiar with A, B, C#/Db, E and F#/Gb

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