29: Treble Staff
Lesson 29: Treble StaffWe write melodies on the musical staff; this lesson shows how. You need to know your pitch names (Lesson 4: Pitch Names) for this lesson.
The "staff" is a set of five lines:
Each line, and each space between lines, gets its own pitch-letter. So, which pitch-letter goes on which line (or space)? Well, that depends on which clef we use.
The clef is a symbol that we place on the staff to show which letter goes on which line. There are two common clefs, the G clef and the F clef; for now, we'll just use the G clef.
The G clef looks like this:
The G clef is actually a fancy letter G. It's usually placed on the staff like this:
The G clef shows you where to find the "G line": The G line is in the middle of the spiral. Here's the staff again, with the G line colored purple and a "G note" placed on it:
When the G clef is placed on the staff this way, with the G-note on line 2, the clef is called the treble clef and the staff is called the treble staff. The G on line 2 is the G above middle C.
Now that we have this G line as a starting point, we can find the pitch-letters below and above this G, namely F and A, on the spaces below and above the G line:
From here we can keep going up and down, and find the pitch-letters for every line and space on the treble staff. Here they are:
When you understand how to find pitches on the treble staff, go on to Lesson 30: Treble Staff Game to practice and test yourself.