Transposing Instruments Theory Things   William Wieland
Write a C.
Hear the key.
For a foolproof table, write
the respective major scales.
 
Write:C D   E   F G A   B   C
Hear:BbCDEbFGABb
Hear:FGABbCDEF
Hear:EbFGAbBbCDEb
Written = Transposed   (the parts on the music stands)
Sounding = Concert   (We hear music at a concert.)
Written to sound—usually goes down.
Sound to written—up like a mitten.

TUTORIALS:

Written to Sounding
B flat Instruments
F Instruments
E flat Instruments
 

Sounding to Written
B flat Instruments
F Instruments
E flat Instruments
Common C Instruments
Piccolo
Flute
Oboe
Bassoon
Trombone
Tuba
All Strings:
  • Violin
  • Viola
  • Cello
  • Bass (a.k.a. contrabass,
    double bass or string bass)
All Keyboard Instruments:
  • Piano
  • Organ
All Percussion:
  • Harp
  • Marimba
  • Xylophone
  • Glockenspiel (a.k.a. bells
    or orchestral bells)
  • Vibraphone (or vibes)
      Transposing C Instruments
Piccolo
Contrabass (String Bass)
Xylophone
Glockenspiel

Common B flat Instruments
Trumpet
Clarinet
Bass Clarinet
Soprano Saxophone
Tenor Saxophone
Baritone T.C.

Common F Instruments
Horn (usually called French Horn)
English Horn

Common E flat Instruments
E flat Soprano Clarinet (Eefer)
Alto Saxophone
Baritone Saxophone (or Bari Sax)
InstrumentWrittenSounds
Bb Tpt
F Hn
Eb Alto Sax
Bb Bass Cl
Eb Bari Sax
Up M2
Up P5
Up M6
Up M2 + P8
Up M6 + P8
Down M2
Down P5
Down M6
Down M2 + P8
Down M6 + P8
Key Signatures for PartsFrom Parts to Concert Key
F instruments — add 1 sharp
Bb instruments — add 2 sharps
Eb instruments — add 3 sharps
F instruments — add 1 flat
Bb instruments — add 2 flats
Eb instruments — add 3 flats