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That's what the clefs are there for: to tell you what notes the five lines of the staff (that's what we call each "bar", as you put it) represent. The clefs are necessary because a blank staff of five lines lacks context: which notes do those five lines represent? As someone just starting to read piano music, you probably have only seen sheet music in ...


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No, the F clef and G clef don't always reside on the same line From wikipedia In order to facilitate writing for different tessituras, any of the clefs may theoretically be placed on any of the lines of the stave. The further down on the stave a clef is placed, the higher the tessitura it is for; conversely, the higher up the clef, the lower the ...


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In piano, the staffs usually signifies what hand plays what note where the lower staff would be your left hand and the upper staff would be your right hand. While the clefs are important, you may see the same two clefs on a grand staff. In Imagine you can see there are two bass clefs because the piano part is low. It is kind of an unwritten rule of thumb in ...


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In western staff notation every clef represent fixed set of notes so the what is written can easily be conveyed to any musician without much knowledge of the theory behind the notes just the knowledge of this is X note. Also note the key signatures themselves are set in a fixed pattern to simplify the reading for musicians. Even in the more loosely defined ...


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Most mixed voices choir scores I’ve encountered are written with a G clef for women, a F clef for bass and a sub octave G clef for tenor. Complete with the little 8 below the clef. So, yes, I encounter them on a regular basis.


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Okay, I just pulled out a few scores from my bookcase (looked at some Berlioz, Bartok, Stravinsky and Brahms so far…). In the scores at least, nearly all of the horns are written on two treble (G) clef staves. The scores are all transposing, so I can't see any reason why this wouldn't also be the case for the parts. I do know that horn parts are commonly ...


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Music for guitar is written in the octave down G clef, so any guitarist that reads notation sees it all the time. Tenors (voices) use it too. Other instruments use other octave clefs. I was told piccolo and soprano recorder use the octave up G clef.


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There is a (modern) convention for representing octave shifts "at the clef": an "8" above the clef is equivalent to "8va", an "8" below the clef is equivalent to "8vb", and applies throughout the piece.


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The key signature should always fit nicely inside the staff for any key and any clef and are defined and standardized so it all looks the same no matter what piece you play. Putting the F# on the bottom line will put the C# on a ledger line or it will break the common pattern. This site shows what the standard key signatures for many diffrent keys on bass, ...


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In practice there is little difference between using an octave clef and a normal clef for these "octave-transposing" instruments. An instrumentalist playing these instruments need not even think about the fact that the music sounds in a different octave to that written; although, of course, players and composers/arrangers should know that the sounding pitch ...


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Bob has a lot of good information in his answer. I'll just add abit more here. As I'm sure you know (but I'll repeat for the sake of others, and for clarity), horn players tend to specialize in either higher parts or lower parts. They are typically notated with one "high" horn and one "low" horn per staff. So you usually have: Staff One: Horn I (high) ...


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It's not confusing as long as it's consistently done in a particular way for particular instruments whose players are used to the notation. For example, classical guitarists don't care that when they play the middle C, what actually comes out of the instrument is the C below middle C. It would be confusing if different pieces for the instrument, or ...


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The Sibelius manual notes that there are so many different expectations about which clefs should do what for different instruments, that clefs added with the basic clef dialog don't actually change any pitches, whether or not they have 8va signs. In order to do what you want, you need to actually change the transposition of the clef in the instrument ...


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The modern G clef and F clef are basically fixed in usage. The C clef, in contrast, was used in a lot of different positions. Two of these are still common, the alto clef on the middle line, used for viola and viola da gamba regularly, and the tenor clef on the second line for high passages of violoncello, bassoon and trombone. (Further positions of the C ...


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Alternative clefs have been proposed, but are not in common use. In the appendix of Rossing's The science of sound, there are clefs called the "super-treble" which is notated as two consecutive treble clefs, and the "supra-super-treble" written as three clefs, which indicate one and two octaves above standard treble clef, respectively. Similarly, there are ...


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Horns have a very extensive range (From F#2 to C6) so it will depend more on the part itself. If the part is written in the higher range of the horn then a treble clef will be used. If the part is written in the lower range of the horn then a bass clef is used. Typically horns 2 and 4 will play the lower part and if it fits better in bass clef then it should ...


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I encountered the same question when I started playing the jammer (in the form of the Hexiano Android app). Due to its isomorphic keyboard layout (and thus ease of transposition), this instrument lends itself very well to a relative-pitch notation. Eventually, I developed my own system of jammer tablature. Of course, it suffers from a lack of musical ...


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Bach and the other composers of the baroque period very often use the soprano clef, which is a G-clef resting on the bottom line. So, the answer to your question is no, the G-clef is not always on the same line.


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If one wants to use staff association as a strong hand indication while retaining rhythmically helpful grouping, one can use notation like the following:


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Pavarotti wasn't called the "king of the high C's" because he could actually hit a high C in treble clef! The note he could hit was a treble C. However, it would be written the same as high C in treble clef (two ledger lines above the top) because tenor writing either has the sub octave G clef or it is understood to be there. Violas almost always use Alto ...


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I used to play stuff that was hand-written. The guy who wrote it put the key signature any old where. As long as we could count how many # or b there were, did it matter where they where? Of course not ! The 3 flats for Eb will always be Bb, Eb and Ab, and, yes, convention says in that order, and on those lines or spaces, but with 3 flats, it can only be Eb ...


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Two aspects that have not yet been mentioned: For a performer to sight-read music, the performer must know at a glance that e.g. a note on the top line is F, the top space is E, etc. Examining the position of each note relative to e.g. the center of the C clef would be way too slow. From a sight-reading standpoint, it's easier for most performers to deal ...



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