Re: [Harp-L] Harmonica and Sheet-Music [digression on cleffs]

The C clef can be placed on any of the five lines of the staff, and all have names in English. Bottom line is soprano clef, then mezzo-soprano, then alto (the one used for viola), then tenor (used for bassoon, cello, euphonium, double bass, and trombone), then baritone.

With the treble clef, you can indicate octave displacement by attaching a small "8" to the bottom of the clef to indicate that notes are to sound an octave lower than written, or to the top to indicate that notes are to be played an octave higher than written.


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Subject: [Harp-L] Harmonica and Sheet-Music [digression on cleffs]

 C on third and C on fourth are also used (I don't know whether that is the right way to name them in English, though). Viola parts are usually written using C on third, and bassoon parts use C on fourth. These two cleffs are also occasionally used for other instruments, to avoid writing notes in awkward positions.

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