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Pianists have to cope with octave marks a lot, thanks to their instrument having such a huge written range. How many leger lines are OK without using an ottava bracket? For me, up to 4 is no problem. Beyond 4, it gets trickier, but there's a common piano idiom where large numbers of leger lines are not so bad: octaves. Octaves are very common in piano music,...


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The basic idea of staves is to keep as many dots as possible within their confines. That's one main reason alto and tenor clefs work well for the particular instruments they are used for. Once a piece goes out by three or four ledger lines, that's fine if the music then gets back to within the stave concerned. However, if a passage stays outside, using ...


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Flute or violin players can read as many ledger lines as you want, but extended passages in the very high register (A6 and above) are often easier to read if you use the 8va symbol. Once you get to six ledger lines then 8va is almost always a good idea. This is a typical example of appropriate 8va use: The same goes for low brass players in the low ...


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Bb instruments are transposing a major second down (and + or -1 octaves or 2) Eb instruments are transposing a minor 3rd up or a major 6th down) F Horns are transposing a 4th up (respectively a 5th down) To write the voices for transposing instruments you have transpose the notation of their voices by the same amount - of the intervals of their ...


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B♭ Trumpet, for example, is called that because when the player sees a C note and plays it, a B♭ note comes out. So to compensate for this, a writer would have to write a note one whole tone above the note he wanted played. Thus, to get a B♭ trumpeter to play an actual C at concert pitch, he would write a D note.All B♭ instruments must ...


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