The music staff – Music notes on the stave

To write music, music notes and other musical symbols (clef, rest, alteration…) are placed on the staff (or stave).  The staff (or stave) is made by five parallel horizontal lines.

The space between each line is called space. Lines and spaces are always counted from the bottom up :

The five lines and four spaces of a musical staff (or stave).
The five lines and four spaces of a musical staff (or stave).

Music notes are placed on lines or spaces of the music staff :

Music notes can be written on the lines and in the spaces of the staff.
Music notes can be written on the lines and in the spaces of the staff.

To determine the names of the music notes on a staff, one of the three music clefs is placed on the beginning of each music staff. The G clef (Treble clef) is placed on the second line, the F clef (Bass clef) on the fourth line (Bass clef), the C clef on the first, second, third or fourth line.

You can learn to read music in Treble Clef of Bass Clef online now: it’s free.

Staff and Treble Clef HN for kids… and adults too !

Kids and adults should learn about the music notes, the G (treble) clef and the staff with the free mini interactive tutorial Staff and Treble Clef HN.

A mini online interactive tutorial to understand the G (Treble) Clef and the staff
A mini online interactive tutorial to understand the G (Treble) Clef and the staff