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posted: 1/20/2010 at 2:00:44 PM ET
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Thanks in advance for any help. Why is the middle of the staff "C" not "A"? Is there a historical reason? The alphabet starts on "A" why not have the musical staff reflect that i.e. C should be named A). I understand that in early notation C and F were notated with different colored lines and that probably has something to do with the half steps below each of them (or the avoidance of the tri-tone), but why not call those two notes "A" and "D"?

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posted: 12/27/2010 at 1:33:39 PM ET
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You could probably do some research and find more information. The C is in the middle of the two staves. Treble and bass. the top line of bass is A the bottom line of treble is E. So be is the space above A then middle C then D above C then E on the treble clef.
As to why, I can't really say. The early forms of notation were so far back in history that no one knows the true reasons.
It's in place and how it's done. It won't be changed in our lifetimes.

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