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Beginner Tranposing Cb in concert key to Alto - what note should it be?

CornishMaid

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Hi All

I'm sure this has been asked before but I can't find the answer. I'm trying to transpose a load of stuff from a C instrument (concert key) to an Eb instrument (my alto) but I've got stuck on Cb, as this in not on my transposing table. Am I right in thinking that Cb has to be transposed to B, since there is no Cb on the alto?

Thanks

Suz
 

Pete Thomas

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Cb is the usually same note as B. It is very rare to see this as a key signature. In fact it seems a bit pointless. As a note it is sometimes used but often avoided as B is easier for people. Although I believ it is more common in harp music.
 

CornishMaid

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Thanks Pete! Just to confirm, is the actual note Cb (in concert key) the equivalent of a B on the alto? Or should I assume Cb = B in concert key and is therefore a G#/Ab on the alto (it's been a long day).

No harp near me, honest!
 
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