Music is written on a staff.
The staff has five lines and four spaces.
We are learning to read music on the treble staff, because that's where the middle to higher notes are written and because children's voices (yep, that's you!) and women's voices (yep, that's me!) sing middle to higher notes!
The violin, the piano, and the flute need the treble staff, too!
The fancy symbol all the way over on the left of our treble staff is called the treble clef.
It tells us that the staff is treble.
The treble clef curls around the G line (that's the second line up from the bottom),so it is also called the G-clef.
All of the lines and spaces of the treble staff have letter names. We say that the letter names are the absolute names of the pitches on the staff because the letter names will absolutely always stay the same, even when the "do" place (the key) changes.
Here's a tip:
To begin to learn the letter names of the lines of the treble staff, starting from the bottom,
just remember this sentence:
Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge.
To begin to learn the letter names of the spaces of the treble staff starting from the bottom,
just remember that they spell the word FACE.
FACE rhymes with space!
Smiley face. :)
A higher sounding note lives higher on the staff.
A lower sounding note lives lower on the staff.
Now, I have a question for you...
Can music notes on the treble staff go higher and lower than the five lines and four spaces?
Yes, they can!
We add ledger lines to write the notes that live above or below the staff.
So, did you notice that there are only 7 letters in the musical alphabet?
That's right. All that music and only 7 letters in the musical alphabet!
A, B, C, D, E, F, and G.
When we get to G, we just start all over again with A, like this
A B C D E F G A B C D E F G A B C D... and so on.... and so on...
If I write many notes going up the steps of the staff,
you can see that they go in alphabetical order
and once we get to G,
we just start all over again with A.