How to Read Alto and Tenor Clefs (Moveable Clefs) in Music

Most performers get going learning high pitch clef, firmly followed by bass clef. These are the two most basic clefs, however they’re by all account not the only clefs. In this post, we will discuss alto and tenor clefs. Despite the fact that less normally utilized, you may see them spring up every once in a while in your sheet music. We shrouded these clefs in a short video beneath. Before you watch, in the event that you need an update on what “clefs” are in music, click here for our total manual for every melodic clef.

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Alto Clef

The alto clef is one of many “C clefs” and is named as such on the grounds that it’s middle shows center C. The alto clef’s middle is put on straightforwardly in the center of the staff, assigning the third line from the base to center C. Many don’t become familiar with this clef, as it is principally just utilized for the viola, the viola da gamba, the alto trombone, and the mandola.

The alto clef is addressed by the accompanying image:

Alto Clef/Scale

At the point when the alto clef is demonstrated, the lines and spaces address the accompanying notes:

Alto Clef Scale


Tenor Clef

The tenor clef is another sort of “C clef,” anyway it’s middle is on the fourth line from the base, so center C is climbed a third from where it was on the alto clef. Another more uncommon clef, it is utilized for the upper scopes of the bassoon, cello, euphonium, twofold bass, and trombone. These instruments utilize bass clef for their low to mid ranges and high pitch clef for their upper limits.

The tenor clef is addressed by the accompanying image:

Check out other images of Moveable Clefs below:

We trust you’re feeling more sure about alto and tenor clefs in music!

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