Sorry if this is trivial but I am self taught and cannot find the meaning of this bracket on a sheet.

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This is taken from Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence by Ryuichi Sakamoto


My only supposition is that the writer is suggesting that the C being pointed to can be played using the right hand.

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    HA, I've just thought - maybe - the first flat - Bb - is missed off the example.........So both staves are treble clef. Give us a bit more music to explore please ! – Tim Jun 22 '13 at 6:44
  • Even so the left hand stretch from Bb to C isn't too comfortable. – Tim Jun 22 '13 at 6:53
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    The left hand stretch is no comfortable. Which is why the bracket is :) (time sig: 12/8). – Gauthier Jun 22 '13 at 8:02

The bracket means that the high C on the low staff is meant to be played with the right hand.

Left hand: Bb-F-Ab

Right hand: C-Eb (and the rest of the melody).


Looks more like a bracket than an "L" to me. I would venture it to mean that the 8va (the upward jump in register) extends to those notes also of the left hand (the bass clef). Anyone concur?

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    No, the accepted answer is correct unless the notes were written by someone who likes to confuse people with nonstandard meanings of standard notation. – nonpop Jun 25 '13 at 23:58

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