What Instruments Use Tenor Clef?


Quick Answer

The cello, bassoon and trombone are the three main instruments that use the tenor clef. The tenor clef is mostly used by large, lower-pitched instruments whose range is both above and below middle C.

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The tenor clef was created to reduce the amount of ledger lines and make the music easier for a musician to read.

Alto and tenor clefs are the same shape, since they are both classified as C clefs. However, the tenor clef is placed a little higher than the alto clef on a page of music. The only instrument that still uses the alto clef today is the viola.

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