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Cello Lessons: Reading Tenor Clef

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The piece we're about to learn, The Swan,
is usually notated in mostly tenor clef
because of the range
it falls on the Cello.
Most of the Cello music we play is notated
in bass clef which works great for
most of our first position activities.
And, a lot of music is notated in treble
clef, that's what violinists read, and
that works great for
notes that are really high.
But The Swan is kind of a middle register.
>> [MUSIC]
>> This
whole area of the cello is
often notated in tenor clef.
And there aren't really other instruments
that use tenor clef C the violists use
alto clef.
Long story short,
in order to read tenor clef,
you're gonna transpose the base
cleft notation up a fifth,
which coincidently is what
our strings are separated by.
So the beginning of The Swan,
if you looked at it, and
thought it was base clef,
you might play it like this.
But because it's tender clef All we have
to do is move up one string higher in
order to transpose up a fifth, and
then we get the notes that
the composer actually intended.
So even if you're new to tenor clef,
you should be able to maneuver this piece.
Just always moving one string
higher than you would have
played the notated pitches,
had it been bass clef.