How to Read Music A Quick Overview by Anne Pugh
The Staff The staff is comprised of 5 lines and 4 spaces The staff is usually accompanied by a Clef which tells you what notes the staff is representing
The Grand Staff The Grand Staff represents the notes that you would play in any given piece This particular grand staff is common with piano pieces The top staff has the Treble Clef; itrepresents what your right hand usually plays The bottom staff with the Bass Clef; itrepresents your left hand
The Treble Clef The Treble clef tells you Treble Clef: where to find the note “G” The Clefs curl circles around the note G. This line is G!
The Bass Clef The line is F! The bass clef represents lower notes (hence why it is usually on the bottom staff) The clef tells you where the note “F” is by having two dots straddle the F line on that particular staff
A Few Things… From finding out where the G and F are on the respective Treble and Bass clefs, you can then figure out the rest of the grand staff alphabetically Music, however, only has notes A through G There is no note for “H” So when you label the staff, it goes as such: ABCDEFGABCDEFG- and so on
The Treble Clef Mnemonic Device Mnemonic Devices Spaces; Treble Clef There is an easy way to The notes in the spaces of remember where notes land the staff notated with a depending on the clef treble clef spell out F-A-C-E; FACE. Both the Treble and Bass clef have these E C A F
F -Fine The lines create D -Does a sentence that you read from B -Boy the bottom up; Every Good Boy G -Good Does Fine. E -Every The starting letter of every word is the note for that line. Treble Clef Mnemonic Device; Lines
Bass Clef Mnemonics Spaces G -Gas Lines E -Eat A -Always C -Cars F -Fine A -All D -Do B -BoysFun fact! The bassclef kind of lookslike an “F”! G -Good
Two Ways to Figure Out Notes on Staff Choose Find note Mnemonics through Clef Lines; EGBDF Spaces; FACE Bass= F; & GBDFA & ACEG Treble= G
Final Notes Understanding the Grand Staff and where the notes fall in each clef is important! However, you still need to understand rhythm and how long each note is held depending on its time signatureNow that you know the For more information, watchbasics, you can learn simplesongs such as Ode to Joy! Listen this video.to Anne play it now!