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In most of the recent learning materials for beginner, the clef positions are probably fixed, but, if placed on the different line, they can be used to shift (transpose) the actual note positions as represented by the stave (assuming the "usual" position). It seems that it used to be more common in the past than it is now.
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 ...
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.
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 ...
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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