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You are ignoring the dotted line with 8va written above the upper G-clef. This means that the notes written in this clef should be played an octave above the written notes. (This notation is called All'ottava and is sometimes used to avoid ledger lines.) When you do this there is no conflict between the notes in the red box.


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Well, "Jingle Bells" ain't no Bach, but the same principles apply: if you have two voices hogging one key, you play in a manner doing justice to both. In this case, the left hand has a leading voice down, so you strike the key hard enough (and possibly with the tiniest of lead which you keep up for the rest of the left-hand phrase) to have it ...


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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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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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I found a motivic analysis of this piece, along with score, on youtube (the piece starts at 1:11, but watch the analysis before that as well): For the question about beaming: This piece is built, like a Bach Invention, from the development of a single melodic motif. The beaming is used to make that motif clear, even when it ...


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Simple answer: yes and yes. The first note immediately after the G clef is G below middle C; the first note after the F clef is, as you say, C an octave below middle C.


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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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The layout of the clefs and staves, the placement of the pitches on the staff, and all the other elements of music notation, are the way that they are because they have evolved to be that way as a result of many centuries of usage and refinement by all the musicians in the world. They are the best way to represent the notes. Also, the piano's sheet music is ...


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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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What happens in your version of the staff when you start tossing in flats and sharps and double-flats and double-sharps and such? Is the bottom of the D space now Db and the top of the D space a D natural, then when you use a sharp, it suddenly switches around and the natural is on the bottom? This is just the first most obvious problem with your variable ...


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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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They indicate a temporary switch of clefs. The main reason why they are used here is to aid reading, by seperating the left and right hand, giving each its own stave. The little clef in the fourth measure is to draw even more attention that a switch of clefs will be coming in the next line.


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Make or buy yourself some flash cards for bass clef notes. Begin with a very small subset of cards -- choose several that you can identify reliably, such as middle C. If you have, say, 3 easy cards and 2 slightly harder cards, that's a good combination. On the back of the card, write the name of the note. Now shuffle and quiz yourself. Say the names of ...


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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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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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The staff is not optimized for piano, nor vice versa. Both the staff and the keyboard are optimized towards playing diatonic scales. A diatonic scale is a 7-note scale containing exactly one note of each letter type, and which contains a mixture of whole and half steps. By far, the vast majority of western music (from Renaissance and Classical, to Pop and ...


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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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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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Sometimes, the notes to be played in a piece are very high in the bass clef, so instead of putting them on leger lines above the clef, the sign changes to treble clef and the dots are easier to read. The opposite also happens - notes too low in the treble clef get written in the bass clef, to save counting lower leger lines.


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Yes it stays in the same key. There is a very specific way to notate a key change on sheet music and in this case if it were changing to the key of C major/A minor you would see all the places there would be flats have naturals in their place. You can even see in the chord symbol that the D notes are still flat in that measure.


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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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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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Play the notes as written. The notes on either clef are defined and fixed. They do not change. You could write any note on any clef, given enough ledger lines. Some instruments have a tradition of switching between clefs quite often, while others have a tradition of using ledger lines instead. The rules of notation say you can switch clefs or use ledger ...


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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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There are orchestral/wind ensemble instruments that regularly use the C clefs, in everyday situations. Some of the C clefs have conventional names for themselves, and certain instruments use them: Alto Clef When the C clef is centered on the 3rd line of the staff it's called an alto clef, or viola clef. Instruments that generally use this clef include: ...


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Here are the standard clefs available in the Sibelius music notation program. There are 22 of them, not counting guitar tablature. A few of the clef symbols are alternate ways of notating the same thing ("Treble down 8"), but as you can see, most are distinct. The other thing to note is that there are only three basic symbols for pitched instruments ("G", ...


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I've played both piano and bass guitar, and what helps me is a bit of transposition. Find a tune that you can play on your right hand, in treble clef, well. Make sure it's something you could stand to listen to like 100 more times. Using a blank staff (lines on a piece of notebook paper work fine), transpose that line into bass clef. A G in treble clef ...


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Shift your perception down by one whole line/space. C below the treble clef is one line below the clef; C below the bass clef is two. High F is the top line of the treble clef; the top F of the bass clef is the second-from-top line. C on the treble clef is the space above the middle line; C on the bass clef is the space below the middle line... and so forth. ...



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