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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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Three clef signs are in common use, plus the neutral or percussion clef. The most common are those found in piano music, where the two clefs are separated by a space where 'middle C' lives, on its own leger line when it's needed.Go up a 5th from that C, which has become a sort of data point, and there's the G line, around which curls the G clef - often ...


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Relative to the Grand Staff, it's important to think of "Middle C" as a concept more than a literal visual expression. Here's why: Let's say you have a "grand" staff using 11 lines (5 for each staff + center for C): At first glance, you might think, "that's not so bad". However, once you add music, especially complicated music, this type of notation can ...


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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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Certainly not the first. The second is unobjectionable. But why not the third? It's the standard notation, and is just fine.


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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 which ...


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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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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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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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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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Can the bass clef be transformed to the treble clef in piano music? Yes but please don't. It seems like it would be much easier to read. No. You will be making Middle C be a line in one staff and a space in the other. Bass cleff continues directly from treble with middle C being the one ledger line between them. Is there a compelling reason not to do ...


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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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The clef you're referring to already exists: it's written like this The number 15 standing for 15 steps down, i.e. two octaves. (I know, it's ridiculous that two octaves are not 16 steps... the thing is, an octave actually has only seven steps, not eight, and two octaves are actually 14 steps. The terminology of prime being the non-interval, second being ...


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Common notation for tenor voice prior to 1900, especially if older than that. See, for example, this TTBB arrangement of Cornell's Alma Mater at Wikipedia.


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There are three modern pitched clefs: , the G-clef , the C-clef (less common) , the F-clef Note that I didn't call them treble, alto, and bass. That's because the meaning of the clef depends on where it appears horizontally on the stave: For the G-clef, the line passing through the middle of the swirly bit (technical term) is G4. For the C-clef, the 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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I’m not familiar with this particular clef. However, judging by the context, this is equivalent to a treble clef lowered by an octave for the tenor voice part. In choral music today, this is usually represented by a treble clef with an 8 below it, sometimes called an octave clef:


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Almost any convention could be different and, in many cases, probably better as well. However, in most cases, one has won and it is too disruptive to change. Of these clefs, probably the C clef is easiest to understand even though it is the least commonly used. It marks the position of middle C which has become a standard reference point. This clef is ...


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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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Because the the bigger point behind the grand staff for piano is to have one for each hand rather than show an absolute note position on the instrument. It's not too uncommon to see two treble or two bass clefs in the grand staff. For example the way Imagine by John Lennon is notated for piano using two bass clefs. There are also other modifiers that can ...


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This is definitely bad type setting. I'm not aware of any conventional C clef that sits between two lines (although you can of course roll your own), but even if this was supposed to be between two lines, the answer would still be: Bad type setting.


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It is common for piano staff to change clefs. There can be passages with both hands playing G clef or passages with both hands playing F clef. You really need to read both clefs, and getting familiar with C clef is a good idea too. Can the bass clef be transformed to the treble clef in piano music? How can you do this with printed music without re-...


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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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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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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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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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