This chapter explains the different clefs you can
use with Melody and Harmony.
Music theory reminder
On a staff, a clef defines the relationship between
staff lines and
The inner loop of the treble clef crosses the line for
The two dots of the bass clef show the F line
The middle of the C clef shows the C line.
The Treble clef (G clef),
Bass clef (F clef)
, and C clef <>, show the staff line for the notes G, F and C
Sharps, flats or natural symbols after the clef constitute the key
The time signature,
the number of beats in a bar, as well as the duration or value (in
a whole note) of each of those beats.
In Harmony-Melody, a clef is always located at the
beginning of a bar.
You can set a clef change at any bar of the staff.
For example, a staff can begin with a treble clef, and then switch
to a bass clef a few bars later.
A dedicated tool palette ("Window>Clef &
signature tools") is available.
It contains the clef change tool, as well as tools for changing time
and key signature.
Select the Clef change tool (treble clef icon) and click
on a bar. The
clef selection box opens.
The selection box has three tabs. Select the first one,
In the upper part of the
window, you can see a preview of the clef you are defining.
At the bottom of this window, pop-up menus enable you to
• The transposition to apply to notes
when a clef change
is inserted in the score.
Notes following the clef change can be:
• To which staves the new clef will be applied. It can be the
staff only, all staves in the score, or only selected staves.
a clef change is applied to the current staff only.
Not transposed: in this case, their screen location changes so that the
note plays at the same pitch as before.
Transposed up: notes will play one octave higher (treble) than before
Transposed down: notes will play one octave lower (bass) than before
Graphically unchanged: they will stay at the same graphical location on
the staff (but they won't play at the same pitch as before)
• A clef can be shown or hidden
(for readability, invisible clef changes should be avoided).
• Its type can be Treble, Bass or C.
• A clef can start on any line, from -5 to +5 from
the standard line.
• A clef can be set to have an octave offset from
-2 octaves to +2 octaves (ottava alta or bassa), globally for the