A friend of mine asked me for help on their theory assignment. Number 8 on the worksheet asked the student to write a certain scale with what appeared to be a standard alto clef, except that the point on the clef that usually indicates middle C was slightly shifted so that it pointed to the space below the middle line of the staff. (I knew how to do the actual assignment, but I had never seen this clef before with the 2nd space as middle C).
Details: Though the image attached is fuzzy, here are some details I observed. Most of them seem to support a notation error of some sort, but then again, I'm no clef expert, and there are some weird symbols out there in music (especially throughout history...?):
- The clef appears to be about one quarter of the way to where a regular tenor clef would be (it's closer to the third line than the second)
- The top and bottom of the clef are clearly not aligned with the top and bottom lines of the staff
- Every other C clef I've seen in the assignment puts middle C squarely on a line, not a space
- If C is on the second space, then it would be like a bass clef, but an octave higher
- (I may have to edit to add to this if the comment section has questions about things I forgot to address)
What's going on here? I think it's likely that this is a printing error of some kind, but even if it was supposed to be a regular alto clef, is there such a clef out there somewhere in the depths of theory?