Notes of the Grand Staff

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Treble Staff Notes

Piano treble staff notes.
Middle C is seen on the first ledger line below the treble staff. Images © Brandy Kraemer, 2015

Treble Staff Notes | Bass Staff Notes


The piano’s top staff, the treble staff, deals mostly with notes above middle C.

The treble staff is marked with the treble clef (or G-clef); its notes are as follows:

  • Line Notes: Starting on the lowest of the five lines, E,G,B,D,F.
    Use the phrase, “Every Good Boy Does Fine,” to help you remember.
  • Space Notes: Starting in the first space, F,A,C,E.
    Use the word FACE to help you remember the notes of the spaces.

 


Continue This Lesson:

Notes of the Piano
Find Middle C on the Piano
Music Note Lengths


 

Reading Piano Music

 ▪  Sheet Music Symbol Library
 ▪  How to Read Piano Notation
 ▪  Illustrated Piano Chords
 ▪  Tempo Commands Organized By Speed
 

Beginner Piano Lessons

 ▪  Notes of the Piano Keys
 ▪  Finding Middle C on the Piano
 ▪  Intro to Piano Fingering
 ▪  How to Count Triplets
 ▪  Musical Quizzes & Tests
 

Getting Started on Keyboard Instruments

 ▪  Playing Piano vs. Electric Keyboard
 ▪  How to Sit at the Piano
 ▪  Buying a Used Piano

Forming Piano Chords

 ▪  Chord Types & Their Symbols
 ▪  Essential Piano Chord Fingering
 ▪  Comparing Major & Minor Chords
 ▪  Diminished Chords & Dissonance
 

Musical Symbols:

■ Staff & Barlines
■ The Grand Staff
■ Key Signatures
■ Time Signatures

■ Note Lengths
■ Dotted Notes
■ Music Rests
■ Tempo Commands

■ Accidentals
■ Articulation
■ Dynamics & Volume
■ 8va & Octave Commands

■ Repeat Signs
■ Segno & Coda Signs
■ Pedal Marks
■ Piano Chords

■ Trills
■ Turns
■ Tremolos
■ Glissando
■ Mordents

 

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Bass Staff Notes

Piano bass staff notes.
Middle C is seen on the first ledger line above the bass staff. Images © Brandy Kraemer, 2015

Treble Staff Notes | Bass Staff Notes


The piano’s lower staff, the bass staff, concentrates on notes lower than middle C.

The bass clef – also called an F-clef – marks the bass staff. Its notes are as follows:

  • Line Notes: Starting on the lowest of the five lines, G,B,D,F,A.
    Memorize the phrase, “Good Boys Do Fine Always,” to help you remember.
  • Space Notes: Starting in the first space, A,C,E,G.
    Memorize the phrase, “All Cows Eat Grass,” to help you remember.

 

Notes on the bass staff appear to be dropped down from their positions on the treble staff. For example, an E is in the uppermost space of the treble staff, but is one space lower in the bass staff.


Continue This Lesson:

Notes of the Piano
Find Middle C on the Piano
Music Note Lengths


 

Reading Piano Music

 ▪  Sheet Music Symbol Library
 ▪  How to Read Piano Notation
 ▪  Illustrated Piano Chords
 ▪  Tempo Commands Organized By Speed
 

Beginner Piano Lessons

 ▪  Notes of the Piano Keys
 ▪  Finding Middle C on the Piano
 ▪  Intro to Piano Fingering
 ▪  How to Count Triplets
 ▪  Musical Quizzes & Tests
 

Getting Started on Keyboard Instruments

 ▪  Playing Piano vs. Electric Keyboard
 ▪  How to Sit at the Piano
 ▪  Buying a Used Piano
 

Forming Piano Chords

 ▪  Chord Types & Their Symbols
 ▪  Essential Piano Chord Fingering
 ▪  Comparing Major & Minor Chords
 ▪  Diminished Chords & Dissonance
 

Musical Symbols:
Staff & Barlines
The Grand Staff
Key Signatures
Time Signatures

Note Lengths
Dotted Notes
Music Rests
Tempo Commands

Accidentals
Articulation
Dynamics & Volume
8va & Octave Commands

Repeat Signs
Segno & Coda Signs
Pedal Marks
Piano Chords

Trills
Turns
Tremolos
Glissando
Mordents