• Michelle Ostrove

How To Read Music (Part 3)

It takes time to really learn how to read notes and understand rhythms, hopefully you have read the first two blogs about how to read music and deduce some important features of the music. When you look at piano music, you probably noticed that it is split into two parts (as you can see in the picture attached). You have a staff at the top (treble clef staff, blog - How To Read Music Part 1) and a staff at the bottom (bass clef staff, blog - How To Read Music Part 2). Middle C is in the center of both of the staffs, just like middle C is in the middle of a piano or keyboard. For a beginner, think of middle C as the center divide; all the piano keys to the right of middle C (treble staff) are for the right hand (going higher) and all the keys to the left of middle C (bass staff) are for the left hand (going lower). When you join both staffs together, you now have the Grand Staff.

The grand staff is simply the treble clef staff (or stave) and bass clef staff (or stave) joined together by a brace at the far left side which consists of a straight line and a curved line that looks like a sideways mustache (the picture attached only has the straight line on the left, the curvy line is not there). This grand staff makes it possible for you to read notes for both your right (treble clef staff) and left hands (bass clef staff) at the same time. Learning how to read both staffs are important for singers, pianists and most other instruments you want to play.


“Get up from that piano. You hurtin’ its feelings.” Jelly Roll Morton

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