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Am I Doing It Wrong? Why Can't I Use Multiple 5-Line Staves to Represent Guitar's Open Strings?

You are trying to reinvent the wheel it seems. All you have to do if you want to see the actual pitches of the open strings of the guitar is use the grand staff: I showed where the G and B strings ...
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why does music become less harmonic if we transpose it down to the extreme low end of the piano?

The linked answers are based on the assumptions that pitch hearing is the same over the whole audible range, and that pianos are in perfect tune. Both of these assumptions are not really true. First, ...
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why does music become less harmonic if we transpose it down to the extreme low end of the piano?

There are multiple aspects to this topic. For one thing if you take a justly intonated A major chord of sines down the octaves you will find that these keep sounding harmonic – but as we approach the ...
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why does music become less harmonic if we transpose it down to the extreme low end of the piano?

There are three contributing factors. Firstly, pianos are not in fact harmonic. The overtones are a bit off, a phenomenon known as inharmonicity which is why pianos use stretched tuning. Another ...
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Instrument key vs sheet music key

Not even aware that recorders per se were transposing instruments. Perhaps in Austria, recorder means flute? But, on to the question. If you're asking about transposing instruments, then the answer is ...
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Am I Doing It Wrong? Why Can't I Use Multiple 5-Line Staves to Represent Guitar's Open Strings?

I think where you've gone wrong in your second image, is by counting down one "staff" (of 5 lines) as being an octave, and two staffs (10 lines) as two octaves. But an octave is really 3½ ...
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Understanding transposing instruments

It's common to be confused about transposition when you're used to instruments tuned in concert pitch (as already noted, guitars are transposing instruments, but since the transposition is of an ...
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Transposing sheet music question

If the sheets are intended for the same instrument you have, then they were presumably written with that fact in mind. The part for each instrument should be written in such way that they sound in the ...
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Instrument key vs sheet music key

Traditionally recorder is not a transposing instrument. An F recorder has the same fingering for an F major scale that a C recorder has for a C major scale, but the music is written at concert pitch. ...
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Understanding transposing instruments

For winds, the range of an instrument depends on its length. (Same for strings for that matter.) Manufacturers of instruments liked to make a family of instruments with the same proportions but a ...
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Am I Doing It Wrong? Why Can't I Use Multiple 5-Line Staves to Represent Guitar's Open Strings?

If I count an octave down from E4 to E3 and then an octave down from E3 to E2, and then start writing the notes of the open guitar strings, I don’t end up on the right staff? This doesn’t make any ...
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Understanding transposing instruments

It's not as complicated as it appears, and you've got the initial idea. If the question is "Why have transposing instruments at all," then if you want an experiential understanding that you'...
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Transposing sheet music question

So ok guys, if I understand you guys correctly. If the score has sentence saying written for tenor sax, it's written for Bb. And if that score goes in A major then it means im really playing in G ...
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Transposing sheet music question

If I have some sheet music for tenor sax in A major, is that a transposed A major, or concert A major? It depends on what you mean by "I have some sheet music for tenor sax in A major." If ...
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why does music become less harmonic if we transpose it down to the extreme low end of the piano?

You've got a lot of answers that get rather detailed, talking about tuning temperaments and such, but looking at the crosslinked question on Philosophy SE—in which you are the original asker as well—I ...
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Transposing Piano Accompaniment for Vocalist - When to Change Clefs

Whilst you can mechanically transpose piano parts down a fixed interval, there's a good chance you'll end up with something that sounds muddy in places. If you have the time it would be better to ...
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