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#508793 - 10/17/01 06:43 PM WHAT DOES IT MEAN?!?!?
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In some peices of music, there is sometimes a small scale bar above the treble clef, with the same exact notes written in it as what is written in the "normal" staff below. Can someone please help me to understand what this is and why its there?
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#508794 - 10/17/01 07:27 PM Re: WHAT DOES IT MEAN?!?!?
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Relax! You don't have to have three hands to play it! I believe it is just the staff with the notes of the melody for the vocalist to sing. (I play a lot of SONGS on my piano ;\) )

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#508795 - 10/17/01 08:17 PM Re: WHAT DOES IT MEAN?!?!?
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I've seen ossia parts done that way. An ossia in an optional way of playing a passage, phrase, etc. Are you sure it's exactly the same throughout?
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#508796 - 10/18/01 12:55 AM Re: WHAT DOES IT MEAN?!?!?
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Ya its in my Tori Amos and Hanson sheet music. The top is for voice.
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#508797 - 10/18/01 10:39 AM Re: WHAT DOES IT MEAN?!?!?
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Sometimes, it could be for other instruments. For example, on some of the music I have, the top staff would be for other (optional) instruments, such as flute, oboe, etc.

But then again, without seeing the music I couldn't say for sure.
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#508798 - 10/20/01 02:26 PM Re: WHAT DOES IT MEAN?!?!?
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Thanks for the responce. I will look at the sheet music again to see if is exactly the same throughout and post my answer soon. If it is for another instrument, instead of just an alternate way to play a specific part, it does not indicate what instrument to play it on. I guess that it would be left up to you, the player.
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#508799 - 10/20/01 02:31 PM Re: WHAT DOES IT MEAN?!?!?
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Okay. The Ossia part is written slightly different than what is written in the clef below. So, I am guessing that it is an alternate way to play the music.
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