It’s happened to me and I’m sure it’s happened to you. You were in a position where your teacher asked you to transpose one of your pieces, or you’re playing with a group and for the sake of the vocalist you have to lower a song by two half steps, or someone randomly asks you what a certain note is if they transpose their song to b flat minor…or something along those lines. I can find my new starting note and primary triads with no problem, but figuring out where all the rest of the notes in the song now need to be played is definitely NOT something that comes naturally. Typically my reaction is, “Well……I guess I’ll just figure the whole thing out by ear,” or “Maybe I can find something on Google that can help me?”
In actuality, though, I need a visual reference that can be placed right on the piano, something that aligns the original key with the new key so I can see where the new notes are.
If you also struggle with easily transposing and are in need of a tool to help you remedy this weakness and become more of a master, you should check into purchasing David McCord’s handy/portable transposition slide-rule. 🙂 The Transpos-O-Matic slide-rule comes in two different sizes and is made from 14 pt SBS paper board material, so don’t worry about having to replace it every two weeks from wear and tear because it’s pretty durable. 🙂 (If you check out the video, you’ll be able to see what else this device has to offer on the opposite side! 🙂 )
If you have more questions about the Transpos-O-Matics check out the website.
Lastly…the giveaway! Because of the generosity of Mr. McCord, if you enter the giveaway-via the comment section-THREE of our MMB participants will win one of his handy dandy Transpos-O-Matic tools. Whether for personal use, your studio, or a friend, I can see this little resource becoming a great asset.