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Topic: The treble staff
Main Activity: Writing whole notes on the treble staff. Writing and identifying letter names of
whole notes on the treble staff.
Important: Important notices and extra assignment are at the end of this e-mail.
Did you have fun with last week’s lesson? Well this week’s is even more interesting.
You now know how to represent the length of sounds using whole notes, half notes and
quarter notes. But. how do we write these sounds on paper?
. Music is written using sets of 5 parallel lines with 4 spaces - of course. Sounds are written
on lines and in spaces. Here are five parallel lines and their four spaces.
Start counting the lines and spaces from the bottom up.
Each line has a letter name, and each space also has a letter names. There are two staves or
staffs. There is a bass staff and a treble staff. Let's look at the treble staff or clef. It is also
called the G clef.
Here is a treble clef sign Here is another on a
Write the treble clef sign on a set of five parallel lines and it becomes the treble staff.
These are the names of the lines and spaces on the treble staff. Notice that the letter names of
musical notes written using uppercase letters.
Look at the whole note on the staff below. It is written in the A space. What number space is it?
We say it is “A” written as a whole note on the treble staff. So, the descriptive name is a whole note and the
letter name is A. Notice that when you write a space note, the note fills the space and is snuggled between
Here is B as a whole note on the treble staff. Notice that when you write a line note the line goes through the
middle of the note.
Topic: The Bass staff
Just like the treble staff, the bass staff has five lines and four spaces. The lines and spaces are also numbered
from the bottom up. However, the names of the lines and spaces are different than those on the treble staff.
Look at the bass clef sign more closely. You’ll notice that it’s like a C turned backward. There are two dots
behind it. The dots are above and below line number 4. (Remember in Music we count the lines and spaces from
the bottom up) That’s the line F. The bass clef is also called the F clef.
Leger Lines and Spaces
Lines also extend above and below these regular 5 lines and 4 spaces on both clefs. However, only a part of these lines are drawn.
These lines are called leger (ledger) lines.
See your piano method book for notes at your level or purchase a sight reading drill board with pianp keyfinder and notes.