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Is G on the E string the same as G on the A string?

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by Killed_by_Death, Apr 9, 2017.


  1. Killed_by_Death

    Killed_by_Death Snaggletooth Inactive

    I'm about to return this book to the public library tomorrow & was reviewing it for the umpteenth time in the park today:
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    Well, this struck me as wrong, but maybe it was done for simplicity's sake.
    How could the G on the E string (right side) be the same G on the A string (bottom left)?

    Wouldn't the G for the A string be on top of the staff an octave higher?
     
    Last edited: Apr 10, 2017
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  2. Mushroo

    Mushroo Supporting Member

    Apr 2, 2007
    Massachusetts, USA
    Simple answer, the italic "8va" above the staff indicates to play one octave higher than notated.

    Most commonly, arrangers use this symbol to avoid writing lots of ledger lines above the staff.

    In mechanical terms you could think of it as a capo at the 12th fret, play everything up one octave.
     
  3. Killed_by_Death

    Killed_by_Death Snaggletooth Inactive

    Ah-Hah!
    Not sure how I missed that, but it's quite clear now.
    Thanks!
     
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  4. Spidey2112

    Spidey2112

    Aug 3, 2016
    2nd position?
     
  5. BassAndReeds

    BassAndReeds

    Oct 7, 2016
    They could have written it better, with a dashed line after the 8va over all the notes. Don't fault yourself.
     
  6. Jloch86

    Jloch86

    Aug 1, 2016
    Why wouldn't they just write it higher up on the staff? Oooh ledger lines. SCARY.
     
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  7. Spidey2112

    Spidey2112

    Aug 3, 2016
    Thanks, Jloch... I see it now. Minor oversight on someone's part... Good catch, though, KBD!
     
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  8. JimK

    JimK

    Dec 12, 1999
    :banghead:
     
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