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The Staff

The staff (or stave) provides a way of displaying notes. A staff consists of five lines and four spaces. Each line and space represent a note. These notes are neither sharp nor flat, like the white keys on a piano. Each staff has a clef that determines what notes the lines and spaces represent.

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The treble clef wraps around the second lowest line on the staff. (Shown above). The treble clef labels this line as G (hence, otherwise known as the G clef) and any note placed on this line becomes G. A note placed on the space directly above G becomes A. A note on the line directly above A becomes B and process continues.

When there is no room to place notes a ledger line is inserted. The note on the first ledger line above the treble staff is A. The first ledger line below the staff represents the note C (See above). This is known as middle C. The Piano players among you should already be familiar with this concept. Below you will see the C major scale, C D E F G A B C, starting on middle C.