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Offline keyofc

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transposing piano music to eb saxophone
« on: May 01, 2012, 05:04:07 AM »
Hello,

It's been long time since I needed to do this -
and thought it would be easy - but can't remember how to transpose
a piece of music for one of the saxophone players that will be playing
with us.

I thought you went down a minor 3rd.  My piece is in G - if I go down a minor 3rd
I'm at e (relative minor).  It doesn't make sense - how can it turn into a minor tune?
I know I'm missing something here - anyone know how to do this?
thanks

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Re: transposing piano music to eb saxophone
«Reply #1 on: May 01, 2012, 05:28:48 AM »
It's called an Eb sax because when you play a C it comes out as concert Eb.  If you want a G the sax plays an E.

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Re: transposing piano music to eb saxophone
«Reply #2 on: May 01, 2012, 08:17:04 AM »
You transpose down a minor 3rd.  The the pitch G is transposed to E.  Remember you also have to change key signature: so G major is transposed to E major and G minor is transposed to E minor. 

It seems you are transposing letter names without changing the key.  In such case you would still be using the pitch classes from the G major scale resulting in E Aeolian. 
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Re: transposing piano music to eb saxophone
«Reply #3 on: May 01, 2012, 08:36:48 AM »
Whether the transposition is up or down depends on which E flat saxophone you're talking about. All saxes are pitched in either B flat or E flat; those pitched in B flat are the soprano, tenor and bass and those pitched in E flat are the (rare) sopranino, alto, baritone and contrabass.

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Re: transposing piano music to eb saxophone
«Reply #4 on: May 01, 2012, 03:46:25 PM »
Whether the transposition is up or down depends on which E flat saxophone you're talking about. All saxes are pitched in either B flat or E flat; those pitched in B flat are the soprano, tenor and bass and those pitched in E flat are the (rare) sopranino, alto, baritone and contrabass.

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Exactly! The one thing you want to avoid is being a sax player in a guitar band.  Guitar players like sharp keys because it gives them open strings to not finger. The one sharp key G major results (add two sharps for the Bb two flats tenor sax) in a three sharp key of A for my tenor man. Rule of thumb: add one sharp for every flat.

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Re: transposing piano music to eb saxophone
«Reply #5 on: May 01, 2012, 08:47:43 PM »
Quantum,

THanks for your reply.  THat makes sense!

Thanks everyone for your comments!