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The first example uses 'tenor clef'. Still in everyday use by orchestral trombonists and cellists. Look at it as an ornate letter C, wrapped round the 4th line - it indicates that line is middle C. So the note is G above middle C. I guess I don't have to explain the bass clef? The note is A above middle C (count up the 'ladder' of ledger lines). The ...

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Let’s assume you know to read the treble clef with G on the 2nd line and middle C on the 1st ledger line below the staff. The clef we have at the left end of the 5 line system is an old clef (tenor clef) assigning that C is on the 4th line (lines are counted from down to up). You can think this 4th line as a the broken line (ledger line) of the middle C ...

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8va means the note so notated to be played one octave higher than shown.So it's going to be the A normally written on the first ledger line above the treble clef. 15ma means two octaves higher than shown; 8vb means an octave lower than shown (but is actually redundant, as 8va placed in the right position (up or down) does the proper job. Ostensibly, since ...

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