Stave & Clefs
The stave is a group of five
horizontal lines that composers use to write their music. A note
is placed either on one of the lines or in a space between them.
The virtical position of the note tells the musician what note
to play. Staves can be used alone or in pairs, one on top of the
other, if the instrument has a wide range of notes like a piano.
If an instrument can play notes that are higher
or lower than the five lines each stave can show, ledger lines
are drawn to extend the stave.
The clefs are used to help the musician find their
notes on the stave. There are three clefs, the G clef and the
F clef are used most often. There is also the C clef. The G clef
is sometimes called the 'Trebble clef' because it indicates the
higher notes, and the F clef is called the 'Bass clef' because
it indicates the lower notes.