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What is the transposition for alto sax?

What is the transposition for alto sax?

This is when you discover that your saxophone is pitched in a different key. Yes an alto is in Eb and a tenor is in Bb so your Eb on alto sounds the same pitch as C on a piano. This is because they are what is commonly called a “transposing instrument”.

How do you transpose from C to F?

In C to F transposition, there will be two times in the scale when one note in the pairing has a sharp and its companion does not. On a piano, this will mean one white note and one black note will be played to make a fifth. In the key of C, the note F will become an A# (Bb) when you transpose to the key of F.

Can a saxophone play in any key?

So if the piano is in the key of G major, the alto sax (or bari sax) must be in the key of E major. It can’t be in any other key. If the alto sax has to play a major 6th higher than piano, well, that also relates to key signatures, not just notes.

Why is the alto sax in E flat?

You can tell it’s an Eb instrument because of the way it is. An Alto is an Eb instrument because it’s C is a Concert Eb. Same with all the other saxes (though half are Bb and half are Eb).

What is the difference between concert pitch and sounding pitch?

In the literature this is also called international standard pitch. The term “concert pitch” is also used to distinguish between the “written” (or “nominal”), and “sounding” (or “real”) notes of a transposing instrument, i.e. concert pitch may refer to the sounding pitch on a non-transposing instrument.

What note is concert C on alto sax?

Concert C is their D, Concert Ab is their Bb. Alto and baritone saxes, alto clarinet and most alto horns are Eb instruments: when they play a C it sounds like a Eb on the piano. So, if they want to play a concert Bb scale, they start on a G (they have to think up a six steps in the scale – or down a minor third).

How do you transpose key of C to G?

In the case of C to G, it is only one note. From the original key’s note, move around the circle the predetermined number of notes. In this case, we will move one. So an A in the key of C would be transposed to an E in the key of G.

How do you transpose?

There are four steps to transposition:

  1. Choose your transposition.
  2. Use the correct key signature.
  3. Move all the notes the correct interval.
  4. Take care with your accidentals.

What is the key of a saxophone?

Tenor and soprano saxophones are in the key of B♭, just like clarinets. All three of these instruments produce a B♭ when playing a C on the score. That is why in order to produce the same C pitch as keyed instruments or the flute (concert or “written” C), they must actually play a D.

When do you transpose a key on an alto saxophone?

Transposition for alto sax or any instrument is constant. It never changes regardless of minor or major keys. You always transpose the interval of a major 6th up (minor 3rd down). So if the key is G minor concert, you will be playing in E minor on the alto saxophone.

What is the key of the alto sax?

The Alto Sax is in the key of Eb (E flat). The piano is in the key of C (often known as “Concert”). This means that when you play a note on your alto sax, it sounds like a different note on other instruments.

What kind of saxophone does not need transposition?

There are also ‘C melody’ saxophones, which are made at concert pitch and do not require transposition, however these are less common. When a saxophonist plays a C on a B flat saxophone such as the tenor, the note that comes out sounds at the same pitch as concert B flat (B flat on the piano).

Which is the correct pitch for a tenor saxophone?

If you take that same chromatic tuner calibrated to detect the note A in Concert pitch, and finger C on the tenor or the soprano saxophone, it will detect this as being the note A♯ (enharmonic equivalent B♭). Because there is no key called A♯ major, the tenor sax and the soprano sax are correctly referred to as B♭ saxophones.