What is tranpose in music?

In the previous lesson, we have learned about chords. We also know the order of the notes which is shown below (from A to G).

La La sharp
Si bemol
Si Do Do sharp
Re bemol
Re Re sharp
Mi bemol
Mi Fa Fa sharp
Sol bemol
Sol Sol sharp
La bemol
A A#
B C C#
D D#
E F F#

A song has some chords in order. Sometimes, we have difficulty to play or sing the song on its original tone. In such cases, we would want to change the tone of the song which called transposing. For example, while singing, if we have to shout loud, then it would be best to lower the tone of the song. If the original tone makes us sing very silently, then we would transpose up.

In order to transpose, we need to change only the notes in the chords. If we transpose up, we replace each note with a semitone-higher note for all chords. If we transpose down, we replace each note with a semitone-lower note for all chords. To sum up, if you transpose up, just go one semitone higher towards G and if you transpose down, go one semitone lower towards A.

Lets consider Adele-Hello for an example. Below are the original chords of the song. You can use transpose-arrow buttons to transpose up/down the chords. Try to sing the song from its song page for each tone in order to understand the difference.

Fm C# G# D#

Note that, when you transpose a song, sound of it changes, however on any song page of myChordBook, sound from video does not change because it comes from YouTube. So when you use transpose function, displayed chords does not represent the chords you hear on video. In reality sound should differ when you transpose.

Next we will learn about what is a capo.