writing music for Alto Sax and Trumpet

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Chris3142, Aug 22, 2002.

  1. So, I'm in a ska band, and I"m writing all of the songs and stuff, but I need to write the horn parts for Alto Sax and Trumpet, I just need to know how to transpose things for them, writing songs on piano or guitar, and then moving those notes to the sax and trumpet, I know that it needs to be transposed somehow, i just dont know how, thanks.

  2. Christopher


    Apr 28, 2000
    New York, NY
    A trumpet's C is your Bb. Transpose up a major second.

    An alto's C is your Eb. Transpose down a minor third.
  3. beermonkey


    Sep 26, 2001
    Seattle, WA
    or alternatively up a major 6th for alto (And add 3 sharps).. usually that's more in their range. For Bb instruments you'd add 2 sharps.
  4. Pacman

    Pacman Layin' Down Time Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 1, 2000
    Omaha, Nebraska
    Endorsing Artist: Roscoe Guitars, DR Strings, Aguilar Amplification
    Beermonkey is right - to be exact, the alto transposes up a major 6th.