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 #165  by jck_strw
 Sun May 23, 2004 5:16 pm
Great site. I've lived here since starting to learn the guitar 2 years ago.

Anyone have the tab for 'Dark As A Dungeon' (off Been All Around This World)? I found one at: ... -6156.html

but it's in the wrong key. Anyone want to trans(pose|late)? For future reference, how can I learn to do this myself?


 #186  by ebick
 Fri May 28, 2004 6:50 pm
Transposing is really quite straight's basic math. Let's start with the simple notes/chords

A B C D E F G and assign numbers to them 1 2 3 4 5 6 7

Any adjustment you make must be made evenly across all notes/chords.

For example, a basic 12-Bar blues progression using A - D - E (you may have heard this referred to as a "1-4-5" and never knew why.....the answer is above). In this example, A=1, D=4, E=5.

Now, let's say we wanted to change to C


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From this you can see that staying with 1-4-5, you are now using C-F-G....

It gets a little more complicated though.....let's say that we wanted to go to B


no problem, right B=1,E=4,F=5, try it.....something's not right. F is not in the key of have to sharp it....B=1,E=4,F#=5

Do a google search on "Circle Of 5ths" to get to the next step.
 #214  by jck_strw
 Sat Jun 05, 2004 7:42 am

I get it. Thanks! This makes sense. You're not a teacher by chance?

Thanks again for the help and for the site.