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by Azsax
(47 posts)
7 years ago

transposing tunes and licks

when i practice, i challenge m

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  1. by saxmannwmsu
    (48 posts)

    7 years ago

    Re: transposing tunes and licks

    It's a good thing to do. I do that every once in a while...play a lick in all 12 keys. Kinda fun to throw in stuff like "Salt Peanuts" or "Sandu" into solos and just run up a few scale degrees with those licks. People think you're a genius.

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  2. by The Insomniac Saxman
    (141 posts)

    7 years ago

    Re: transposing tunes and licks

    Best way to do this is to go around the circle to the flat side (up a fourth, up a fourth, etc.) rather than up by half steps as it forces you to use your ear more rather than doing it mathematically . . .

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    1. by Azsax
      (47 posts)

      7 years ago

      Re: transposing tunes and licks

      yeah, i do that, too. the only problem i have is that invariably i begin placing numbers on the notes. like "joy spring" starts with an arpeggio 5-1-5, etc.

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      1. by The Insomniac Saxman
        (141 posts)

        7 years ago

        Re: transposing tunes and licks

        "Placing numbers" as you call it (using scale degrees) is totally fine . . . it's just like using solfege (which is what I use for transposing) . . . whichever system works best for you . . .

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