Learn to Transpose

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I'm grateful I know how to do this

Every week we bring you a transposing challenge to help you get better. We're going to try something a little different this week.

Last Week

In last week's rhythm guitar challenge we asked you to take Desperation Band's "Break Open" (key of A) and capo it up on the 2nd fret and play it like it's in the key of G.  To do this, you simply have to look at your scale positions and replace the letter and the type of chord.  Here's how they should line up.

For the lead guitar, we asked you to transpose the tag riff to the key of E.  When you transpose riffs, you have to look for clues to what you should do.  Knowing the song is in the key of A and the droning note is an A, you should have noticed that transposing to the key of E would require an open E string.  Turns out you've got one of those.  How convenient!  In this case, all you had to do was move your riff over one string.  It should have given you this:

This Week

I'm going to try something a little different this week.  Rather than me offering you a challenge, I'm going to let you challenge me. Pick a song in our library that you want transposed into a specific key and I'll write about it next week.  You can use the comments section below or hit me up on Twitter.  If no one suggests anything, I might give this series a little rest and take it back up at a later time.  What do you want to transpose?

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Comments

Lord I Need You - Matt Maher - Key of E

I personally am enjoying these transpose challenges. I am still working on building a solid theory foundation and confidence in my transposing abilities. Having the challenge along with the confirmation that my transposed music is correct or incorrect is helping me accomplish this goal.

Thank you for the teachings on the site.

god my rock

change to key of G

Where can I access the

Where can I access the previous talks. Just now joining and coming in behind the 8 ball

Previous lessons and ongoing.

Is there an easy way to access previous lessons for those of us that have just joined and is this series ongoing?

There are some great lessons in the 101 section

which is at the bottom of your lesson page. You can also do a search for "transpose" here in the Green Room for more articles like this. Hope that helps!