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.

Lines and Spaces on the Stave

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 can be placed on lines or in spaces of the music staff :

Music notes can be written on the lines and in the spaces of the staff (or stave).
Music notes can be written on the lines and in the spaces of the stave.

Music Staff and Music Clefs

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.

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

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.

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Music Theory

Clefs: Treble, Bass, Alto, Tenor
Name of Notes: A B C and DO RE MI
The Music Rests