To write music, music notes and other musical symbols (clef, rest, alteration…) are placed on the music staff (or stave). The staff (or stave) is made by five parallel horizontal lines.
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Lines and Spaces on the Music Staff (or Stave)
The space between each line is called space. Lines and spaces are always counted from the bottom up :
Music notes can be placed on lines or in spaces of the music staff :
Music Staff and Music Clefs
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Mini Interactive Tutorial
Kids and adults could learn about the music notes, the G (treble) clef and the staff now with the free online mini interactive tutorial Staff and Treble Clef HN. Just select the image below to open in in a new tab.
Treble Clef, Bass Clef, Alto and Tenor Clef
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.