Guitar - Bass. Incongruity?

• Nov 28, 2019 - 09:33

Why when I create a guitar it appears with a suboctave treble clef and in "Pentagram properties / Transposition = 0" and when I create a bass appears with a normal bass clef and its "Transposition = 1?

Wouldn't it be more logical to treat both instruments in the same way?


In reply to by Jojo-Schmitz

Thank you.

Yes I know, and I could also change the bass clef to a suboctave bass clef and set its transposition to 0.

But the question is whether it is not incongruous to handle two instruments that work the same, both sound one octave below, differently.

I am a MuseScore teacher and I have no problem understanding and managing this but, to my students, who are new users, this seems incongruous (I think the same).

Wouldn't it be logical to put all the default basses with suboctave bass clef and transposition = 0 and then, include some in normal bass clef?


In reply to by Angel.E

I would say there is much logic in this. The bass guitar is an electronic version of the double bass even though it looks quite different. The double bass has always been written on the bass clef with a one octave transposition. No one has seen a reason to change this notation. Sometime about 150 years ago, people started putting guitar music on a treble clef with an 8 under it and many publisher continue this and others keep it as a transposing instrument (a treble clef with no 8). MuseScore decided early on that it wanted to use the treble clef with an 8 under it for the most common use and has since decided to allow the option for users to use either option.

As a user, you still have the option of making the notation the same even though the ottava bass clef is not normally used for the bass guitar.

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