Clefs and Reading Notes on the Staff
Clefs and Reading Notes on the Staff MUS 1110
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Music Fundamentals Clefs and Reading Notes on each Clef What is a clef A establishes l pitch or 1 key Visualizing a piano keyboard is an important tool to use when identifying certain pitches in each clef Before we learn how to read notes let s look at the types of clefs and the relation the notes have to the piano keyboard Before we move to clefs what do you think are the lines on sheet music Those lines make up a staff A consists of 5 lines and 4 spaces The staff is where all of the notes clefs key signatures and time signatures are located on sheet music First let s learn about the treble clef The Second line on the staff on the Treble Clef is known as Remember numbers represent the octave in which the note is located This G is in octave 4 If you look at the quotswirlquot not only does it surround G4 but it also looks like the letter G Do you remember where G4 is If not remember that you can always visualize or write out a piano keyboard for reference ll C4 G4 Middle C Here is a treble clef on a staff So now we know where G4 is on a treble clef staff Where is C4 A great tip to always remember is that C4 is l leger line BELOW the staff in treble clef What is a leger line are extra lines above or below a staff There are many acronyms used to remember the lines and spaces on a treble clef staff For spaces we often use For lines we often use Every Good Boy Does Fine You can make up your own acronyms to help you remember the lines and spaces on treble clef if needed Here are all the lines and spaces of treble clef if E II I II I E D 6 Remember every C Startsa new octave This C is C5 The quotBquot located a line below C5 is B4 For practice try writing out all of the notes on the treble clef staff Now let s move on to Bass Clef also known as the F Clef This is Bass clef The line in between the colon two lt dots is This is why Bass Clef is also called quotFquot clef The bottom line on the bass clef is G2 Here is a great way to remember the lines and spaces on the Bass Clef For the LINES you can use 39ood ons 0 line 39lways For the SPACES you can use All Cows Eat Grass Of course you can always create your own saying to remember the lines and spaces e C4 Another good tip to remember is that C4 is located 1 leger line ABOVE the staff in bass clef Here are all the notes on the staff for bass clef GZ C3 gt Remember that C starts a new octave Now since we know about bass clef let s move on to Alto Clef n For Alto Clef the middle line between the quotgapquot is I Alto clef is an example of a clef It can move anywhere on the staff No matter where the clef is located C4 is always the line in the middle of the clef 0 Because of this clefs such as these are called quotCquot clef Here are the alto clef notes on a staff Another example of a moveable clef is Tenor clef I F Remember no matter where the clef is located C4 is still the line in the middle ofthe clef ll 39 ID One last thing A W e Have you ever seen this brace between 2 staves This is called a A grand staff connects 2 staves which usually contains a treble and bass clef Here is an example of how notes would look like on a grand staff Q 3quot CDEFGAB e DEFGABC 3 rrfquot gt For practice try to write 12 octaves EX from C2 to C3 of notes on a staff for each clef Label the octave the notes are in
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