Conversion from Treble to Bass Clef.... can you do it?

• Sep 7, 2012 - 22:53

I am a new user, but cannot find the answer in the manual. So.. I have copied 4 voices from a score (SATB).. In it, the tenor line is written in the Treble Clef. I have copied it out as written, but now want to combine Tenor and Bass into the Bass Clef. I tried just inserting the Bass clef in place of the Treble for the tenor, but all the notes were converted to WAY below the staff. I tried moving them up to their proper location ( 2 octaves on a bass clef) and needless to say, the program doesn't like it. Says the notes are out of range. Is there a way to do what I want to, or do I have to re-write the Tenor line onto the proper clef.


Transpose your Tenor part down an octave by clicking the first bar (not the first note) and shift clicking the last bar to select the whole part. Go to Notes, Transpose and choose Transpose by Interval, Down and Perfect Octave.

Now you can use the Implode plugin to combine the Tenor and the Bass. If the rhythms are different, change the Bass to Voice 2, copy the Tenor part and paste it over the Bass part. You can now delete the tenor part.

Next time use the Treble Clef with the 8 underneath before you type the notes. Type the notes as you see them in the score and the Treble/8 will automatically transpose the part to the right octave.

Posting the score would help. If you literally entered pn on the regular treble clef, they are an octave too high, and when you change the clef to bass, they should be showing up an octave *above* the staff, not below it. So something about your description isn't making sense.

In reply to by Marc Sabatella

You are absolutely right... that's what confused me. As a new user, and NOT a composer, I didn't realize how many iterations of the Bass Clef there are. When I tried inserting a different one (actually the first choice from the palette), the transposition worked automatically and perfectly... DUH! Sorry to have bothered you.

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