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    Hi there, Im a guitarist trying to teach myself piano, one thing Ive come across is the c notes on the piano treble clef seem to be written an octave higher in pitch, than the c notes on a guitar treble clef for example the c as in f-a-C-e in the spaces of the staff on guitar seems to have the same pitch as the C note directly below the (treble clef) staff on piano, am I right on this?

    (I dont mean just 'c' notes I mean all notes, Im just using 'c' as an example.)

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    Well, I've talked to another piano player and it turns out I was correct.

    For anyone interested all notes on a piano treble clef are transcribed a P8 higher than notes on a guitar treble clef.

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    To be precise, it's the guitar that is a transposing instrument. It sounds an octave lower then written.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rasa View Post
    To be precise, it's the guitar that is a transposing instrument. It sounds an octave lower then written.


    You are correct of course, guitar being the instrument I learned from it just seems like the normal standard. Luckily Im not trying to learn alto sax or anything, altering things by a p8Im finding is really not too difficult.

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