Music Children

Staves and Clefs

Staff

The basic music staff has five lines with four spaces in between them. Each line and space represents a different pitch.

Music Staff

Clefs

Clefs are added to a staff to show what notes the correspond to the lines and spaces of the staff. The two most commonly used clefs are the treble or G clef and the bass or F clef.

Treble Clef

Treble Clef

Bass Clef

Bass Clef

Staff with Treble Clef

The symbol for the treble clef evolved from a letter G. The inner curve of the treble clef curls around the line on the staff that represents the G that is directly above the Middle C.

Music Staff with Treble Clef

Staff with Bass Clef

The symbol for the bass clef is also called the F clef because the two dots of the clef surround the line that represents the F that is directly below the Middle C.

Music Staff with Bass Clef

Treble Clef Notes

The spaces of the staff with a treble clef represent the notes: F, A, C, and E. The lines represent the notes E, G, B, D, and F.

Music Staff with Treble Clef Notes

Bass Clef Notes

The spaces of the staff with a bass clef represent the notes: A, C, E, and G. The lines represent the notes G, B, D, F, and A.

Music Staff with Bass Clef Notes

Grand Staff

Frequently, two staves are joined with the top one having a treble clef and the bottom one having a bass clef. When they are put together like this, it is called a Grand Staff. Grand staves are used frequently for piano music.

Grand Staff
 

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