Names of notes/

Discussion in 'The Rehearsal Room' started by Getzonica, Sep 10, 2009.

  1. Getzonica

    Getzonica Active Member

    What are all the different octaves called? I'm mainly talking about the ones within the range of a brass instrument.

    I know there's middle C......but what about the other octaves?

    I hope I'm making sence here.....
  2. brasscrest

    brasscrest Active Member

    I don't know that I've ever heard of "names" for other octaves. I have seen notation like this:

    C' = 1 octave above middle C
    C'' = 2 octaves above, etc.

    ,C = 1 octave below middle C
    ,,C = 2 octaves below, etc.
  3. nethers

    nethers Active Member

    You could open a real can of worms talking about middle C!

    A good explanation is here:

    I find the numbered system is used the most.

    In most musical traditions middle C refers to the C on the ledger line between the Bass and Treble staves. In brass bands we are unsual in placing it an octave higher than this for our own ends and it can cause confusion.

    Make sense?
  4. Bass Trumpet

    Bass Trumpet Active Member

    The octaves are called thus:

    Just right
    Too high (start having a coughing fit to avoid playing)
    Waaayyyyy too high (refuse to turn up to band practice)
    To low (explain to conductor that other people play those notes)
    Very low (that's for the basses)
    Very very low (that's for Black Dyke's basses)

    Sorry, I've been in banding too long.....:oops:
  5. worzel

    worzel Member

    Low, middle, and high for the three C's around the treble clef. But in other circles they'd be know as middle, treble, and high.
  6. Kjata

    Kjata Member

    Bottom C - below the the stave
    Middle C - 3rd space
    Top C - above the stave
    Super C - octave above top C
    screamer - octave about that!!
    The 'pass out and deafen anyone in the immediate vacinity' C - my personal favorite! ;)
  7. DMBabe

    DMBabe Supporting Member

    I find the notes can be simply divided into 2 categories...... those one can play and those one wishes one could play! ;)
  8. Laserbeam bass

    Laserbeam bass Active Member

    Notes above Top C, for an octave, two ledger lines is called alt, the next octave is called alt altissimo. Other than that I agree with Bass Trumpet.

    C below C below bottom C Double pedal
    C below bottom C Pedal
    BBb Bass Bottom C to Bb Cornet Top C Normal
    Next C# to C Super
    Next C# to C Double
    Next C# to C Treble
    Next octave only heard by dogs
    Last edited: Sep 11, 2009
  9. GJG

    GJG Well-Known Member

    In ascending order: "Pink" 'C'; "Red" 'C'; "Purple" 'C'; "Exploding" 'C' ...
  10. Despot

    Despot Member

  11. Laserbeam bass

    Laserbeam bass Active Member

    Why would anyone learning theory be interested in dubba dubba pedals (see the Tastee Brothers for explanation) or dog whistle notes as occasioned by Cat Anderson and to a less tonal but more consistent degree Leo Shepherd)
  12. FlugelD

    FlugelD Member

    Below the stave belongs to horns/ baris/euphs/bones/basses.

    Above the stave belongs to front row/sop.

    On the stave should be marked 'Flugel Solo' - except when it isn't...;)
  13. Mesmerist

    Mesmerist Well-Known Member

    In Piano tuning all notes have a number from the first bottom A upwards. "Middle C" is C40. Does that help?
  14. Getzonica

    Getzonica Active Member

    This is all very interesting.
  15. DMBabe

    DMBabe Supporting Member

  16. matt_BBb_bass

    matt_BBb_bass Member

    Hahaa! Love it! Sounds about right to me! ;) :D
  17. Getzonica

    Getzonica Active Member

  18. Getzonica

    Getzonica Active Member

    That explains a lot.....I've have to be careful next time I talk about notes to my band members.....

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