Transposition

piano keyboard

Transposition occurs when a segment of music is raised or lowered by a given interval, keeping all the internal intervals the same.

For example, when the pattern of whole and half steps of the C major scale is preserved, but we begin on C-sharp instead of C, we have transposed the C major scale into a C-sharp major scale. There are 12 possible transpositions of the major and minor scales because there are 12 discreet pitches in the Western system. Here are all 12 major scales:

Major Scales

with note names

Here are all 12 natural minor scales:

Natural Minor Scales

with note names

These scales form the basis for the system of keys which we will discuss in a later section.

"Music is nothing else but wild sounds civilized into time and tune." - Thomas Fuller

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"Music is nothing else but wild sounds civilized into time and tune." - Thomas Fuller

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