help on how to transpose and recognize keys

Discussion in 'General Keyboard Discussion' started by Marvellous, Jan 7, 2017.

  1. Marvellous

    Marvellous

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    hi everyone! am new here. i just want to know how to transpose and how to quickly recognize ones key while singing and easily finds it in the keyboard
     
    Marvellous, Jan 7, 2017
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  2. Marvellous

    SeaGtGruff I meant to play that note! Moderator

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    Do you mean find the key that best fits your voice range for a given song? Or do you mean find the key that the song is played in-- i.e., for picking out the melody by ear?

    What I usually do if I don't have a keyboard handy is sing "Do Re Mi Fa So La Ti Do" in my head, or whistle it, to find the starting note for a song. But if I'm at a keyboard-- including a virtual instrument or other software that includes a keyboard display for entering notes-- then I play a few notes until I find the one that seems to best match the leading note. Then I try to pick out the remaining notes of the melody. Once I've got that, I look at which black keys are used so I can figure out the key based on the sharps or flats.

    But as far as finding which key to transpose a song to so it best fits your voice range, I guess you just transpose down if you're having trouble hitting the high notes, or transpose up if you're having trouble hitting the low notes. I don't sing-- except when I'm alone!-- so I can't offer good advice there. If I'm singing along to a song in my car, I usually just jump up or down an octave when I get to a part that I can't sing comfortably! ;)

    Here's a video that someone on another forum recently shared a link to, which I found very interesting:

     
    SeaGtGruff, Jan 7, 2017
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