First, many instruments as play in the treble clef are pitched in C, still music pre-transposed for any instrument is set the same way.
However Bassers, your notes are set two semi-tones lower than they would appear in the treble clef. Now wait until you hit some music where the clef changes to treble clef, as is not that uncommon, and you may be in trouble.
Last edited by Ed Lee; 02-14-2013 at 07:59 PM.
I'm fully with VB on this -- and agree it can be a little clumsy to articulate but avoids much confusion. When I was a kid in band we said "Top C" for the 1st C above the staff, which I don't think I've heard since.
I think the distinction you are making between the note read off the page and the note heard by the ear is a different topic, though of course one which people still need to be mindful of when talking to musical directors, or players of instruments which aren't Bb (assuming you are coming from the Bb trumpet viewpoint).
I don't think anybody looks at a written note and calls it something other than what other musicians would call it. I read second line G in the treble clef as "G" and so does a piano player and a Eb tenor horn player. When we play the note together our "concert pitch" musical director would say we are playing different notes, but we'd all say "G". I've only ever heard "double high C" or DHC used in a trumpeter context, but even so am not sure I understand what the person saying that means unless he or she says "second C above the staff", and possibly explains whether that is meant in "concert pitch/C trumpet" terms or Bb trumpet terms.
Last edited by bumblebee; 02-14-2013 at 09:50 PM. Reason: spelling
I think ED Lee is right, if the Directors or Teachers are not properly teaching all aspects of this wonderful art, it possibly could just create ignorance that spreads like disease in my opinion...hmmm, could have started already.
I learned both naming systems when young. If you can't play it well, it doesn't matter what you call it!! It does make it sound impressive if one can play a high G (or is it double high?) and and old schooler says nice double G!! YEAH!!!!!
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Most scores are/were written to be copied or engraved by hand. The c above the staff is notated as such in the scores although really a Bb, and conductors can talk to us in our own stupid language.
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