Reading Music in Piano
In music, the staff refers to a set of 5 horizontal lines on which notes are written. Piano generally has 2 staffs, one for the treble clef and the other for the bass clef. The top staff normally indicates right-hand notes, and the bottom staff left hand notes.
- You can find the treble clef by looking to the far left of the staff. It will look similar to an “&” symbol and is also known as a G clef since its curlicue wraps around the G line on the staff. This clef is the upper of the 2 clefs.
- Find the bass clef on the left side of the staff. It will look like a backward “C” followed by a colon ( : ). It is the lower of the 2 clefs and known as the F clef since the 2 dots surround the F line on the staff.
- Notes that are especially high or low on the staff in either clef are represented by additional lines added to the staff, called ledger lines.
- In some cases, like when playing songs with only very high notes, you have 2 treble clefs or, for low songs, 2 bass clefs. In these cases, the bottom clef will represent your left hand.