Can anyone help me, my husband has got a transposing chart in the back of one of his music books and is trying to transpose a clarinet piece into alto sax, but when he plays it doesn't sound right. Does anyone have any tips for why this might be
Umm... He's doing it wrong?
Of course, if the melody is way down the bottom end of the clarinet then he may have to add an octave as well to put it in the range of the alto.
Minor quibble: If I'm not totally confused (always a possibility ;}) alto sax goes dow to concert D flat, as compared with the clarinet's D. You probably have more problems at the clarinet's top end, which is pretty stratospheric.
Lets work it backwards. "Concert" key is the key for all non transposing instruments. Therefore: If the key for clarinet is D for example, the concert key would be C or a second down. Now that we have the concert key, we can calculate for an Eb instrument which is a minor third down: I. E. the key of "A." If you follow this formula it will work for ANY key.