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How it works
Change from a female led key to a male led key
To change a song that is currently in a female led key to a male led key, use the left column. Find the original key of the song, and the scroll to the right to see the low/medium/high suggestions for the male key.
Technically what we’re doing is moving the song up 5 steps. This is a rule of thumb that works on a vast majority of song, but it may not work on every song. You’ll need to experiment a bit to see if it fits your voice.
As an example, let’s say you have a female-led song in the key of D (What A Beautiful Name by Hillsong would be an example of this). If you want to change that to a male-led key, find D on the column on the left. We can see that the mid suggested key would be G (5 steps up from D). This means if you transpose the song from D to G, it should be suitable for a male lead. If G is too high, try F. If it’s too low, try A.
Change from a male led key to a female led key
To change a song from a male led key to a female led key, you use the same basic workflow, only this time we’ll use the column on the right, and technically we’re moving the key down 5 steps.
So take a male-led song in the key of A (Good Good Father, for example). To change it to a female key, you could start with E. If that’s too high, choose D. If E is too low for you, try F or F#.
OK, Now I know what key I want to transpose to – how do I transpose it?
Transposing a song is actually pretty easy. We’ve created another free chart called the Chord Number System that will allow you to quickly and easily transpose any song into any key.