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Rva what is used for going down an octave?

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by MalcolmAmos, Apr 26, 2010.


  1. The title says it all. I remember a post using the Rva to indicate going up scale to the next octave, but, have forgotten what was used for going down scale. It was not Rvd....... What is the accepted notation?
     
  2. BassyBill

    BassyBill The smooth moderator... Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 12, 2005
    West Midlands UK
    Rva? Not seen that myself. Normally it's 8va or 8vb; a=above, b=below.

    Strictly speaking, 8va comes from the Italian ottava and 8vb from ottava bassa.
     
  3. Febs

    Febs Supporting Member

    May 7, 2007
    Philadelphia, PA
    Also note that the word "loco" is used to show a return to the written octave.
     
  4. BassyBill

    BassyBill The smooth moderator... Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 12, 2005
    West Midlands UK
    Yup - or this can be indicated by the end of the dotted line parallel to the staff.
     
  5. Thanks guys.
     
  6. Billnc

    Billnc

    Aug 6, 2009
    Charlotte NC
    Kinda looks like that with my bad penmanship!
     

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