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#beginquote# #beginquote# In vocal music and 4 part chorales, the stems designate the voice group which sings that note. Treble clef stems up are soprano, treble clef stems down are alto, bass clef stems up are tenor and bass clef stems down are bass. In piano music in general, the notes played by the right hand (usually treble clef) have stems pointing up regardless of their position on the staff, and the left hand (usually bass clef) has the stems pointing down. This helps avoid overlap in the middle. As Taciturn explained, in single note music (solo inst or voice) the stems go up based on the position in the staff. The note on the middle line of the staff can have a stem either up or down. The notes above the middle line have a stem going down, the notes below the middle line have stems which go up. This helps to reduce visual clutter on the page. These are the general rules, but many writers will make exceptions to fit the shape of their melody at times. GOOOOOOROOOOOO #endquote# Well arnt we smart idoiot #endquote#
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