By Charlotte A. F. Farley
My dad, a former musical director and guitarist for acts like Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, and The Shirelles, always told me that if you’re going to make it in music, you should learn as many songs in as many keys as possible. He has a valid point, but the only problem is that not everybody can instantly transpose music. Then again, not everybody has to, especially if you have a music writing software that essentially does the hard work for you.
Using Forte’s software allows you three super simple ways to transpose:
Key transposition allows you to easily change the key and range of an entire piece. This could be put to great use by a composer composing for voice, since you can easily customize the song to the voice who will perform by changing to a key that they can perform in.
Interval transposition will take a passage and move it up or down WITH all of the correct key signature/ accidental markings, which is great for someone who is trying to write sequences: it drastically cuts down input time for passages that are the same (but in a different key area).
Instrument transposition is laid out to transpose any given line of the music for a particular instrument: this is great for the solo composer who can write the melody they want, THEN transpose it for whoever you have available with the click of a button!
Just like the rest of the FORTE music composition software, the transpose function is easy to experiment with and intuitive for use.