Lesson 1 – Treble Clef and Bass Clef

 

5 horizontal lines form the musical staff.  This is where music notes are written.  Like the English language, music is read from left to right, top to bottom.  Here one octave (8 consecutive notes) is shown in the treble clef.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is the Treble ClefNotes following the treble clef are usually played with  the right hand.  On the keyboard, the right hand is positioned to the right of the Middle C.

 

 

 

 

This is the Middle CNotes higher up on the staff correspond to moving right on the keyboard, and are of higher pitch.  Notes lower down correspond to moving left on the keyboard, and are of lower pitch. 

 

 

 

Here is one octave (8 consecutive notes) in the bass clef.  Notice how notes are either in a space or on a line.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is the Bass ClefNotes following the bass clef are usually played with  the left hand.  On the keyboard, the left hand is positioned to the left of the Middle C.

 

 

 

This is the Middle C.  Notes lower down correspond to moving left on the keyboard, and are of lower pitch.  Notes higher up will be played to the right of the Middle C, and sound higher.

 

 

    Moving down, the notes are played to the left of the Middle C.