This is the online version of the Guitar Transposition Wheel. In the
interactive image below simply drag the inner wheel around (with your
mouse) until it lines up with the key you want to transcribe from. See
below for detailed instructions
Chose the key the song is in on the outer wheel (e.g. A)
Line up the key you want to play in with the inner wheel (e.g.
Now find the rest of the chords in the song on the outer wheel
and the chords you should play will be lined up with them in the
So for example, if the song is in A and the chords are A
D E you should turn the inner wheel until the key you want to
play in lines up with A, in this case G. With G
directly below A check the D on the outer wheel and
youll see that it lines up with C and E lines
up with D. Congratulations youve just transposed your
song from the key of A to the key of G. Now play G
C D instead of A D E.
Chords that arent on the Transposition Wheel
The Transposition Wheel contains all the major chords. If the song
has variants on the major chords the Transposition Wheel can be used
just as effectively. For example a 7th chord would
still be a 7th chord in the new key and a minor
chord would still be a minor chord. Just chose the major equivalent,
e.g. if the song has a Bb7 in it just chose Bb on the
wheel and if the new chord is a C on the inner wheel you would
Why Change the Key At All?
We all have different voices and you dont want to be straining
for notes that are too high or too low for you. Its best to
sing in a key that you find comfortable for your voice.
Different situations can call for a change of key. If youre
singing on a street corner you might need a different key than if
you are singing in the living room. Also if you are singing with a
group of other people you might need to use another key again.
It takes a bit of experimenting to see which key suits you best for
each song. Some songs like "Impossible Dream" are just plain
difficult to sing because they have a large range of notes for you
to sing. Fortunately most songs can be conquered with a bit of patience.
Make a Low-Tech Version of the Transposition Wheel
If you'd like your very own offline transposition wheel just follow
the instructions on the next page. It's easy to make and incredibly
useful. (No programming experience needed, just scissors and paper!)
Click here to find out how.