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The clef is a reference sign set at the beginning or within the music line with the aim of identifying a line with a given sound so to assign each note a right position in the whole pentagram. When the clef is inserted in the course of the music text it usually has reduced dimensions.
The Italian translation for clef is chiave and originates from the Latin clavis, whereas in English it is called clef, in Spanish clave and in German Schl├╝ssel.
The modern notation uses three types of clefs: G-clef, F-clef and C-clef.
Clef example 1

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