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DO is the lowest in pitch, and the rest ascend either by tones or by half-tones (semi-tones), until Do is repeated, i.e. the same tone but, as it is called, an octave higher.
SEMITONES: The Semitones occur between MI and FA, and between SI and the repeated DO.
do clef §
The Clef called DO, placed usually at the beginning of the Stave, signifies that all notes on the line which it embraces are DO. This being known, the other notes on the Stave are easily found either by ascending or by descending.
Similarly, the Clef called FA, signifies that all notes on its line are FA.
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