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Music Theory for Computer Musicians by Michael Hewitt

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Alternative Clefs

When more notes would be on ledger lines than on actual lines of the staff, alternative forms of the treble and bass clefs are used. In terms of the treble clef, this form is called the octave-treble clef, and it is identical to the ordinary treble clef except for a small number 8 placed at the bottom of the symbol (see Figure 5.8). When used, it means that all of the written notes will sound an octave higher.

Figure 5.8. Octave-treble clef.

For the bass clef, there is an alternative called the octave-bass clef that is constructed along similar lines, with a number 8 added to the bass clef symbol (see ...

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