Learn Melody - Musical Notation and Pitch - Treble Clef Notes

Mantius Cazaubon
A free video tutorial from Mantius Cazaubon
Musician, Pianist, Music Artist, Author
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Lecture description

This lecture introduces you to musical notation and pitch. It's your first lesson on melody, which is the first step in "learning how to read music fast". Learn about the musical staff, the musical alphabet, the treble clef and treble staff. Learn how to identify all the notes on the treble clef. Learn about line notes and space notes on the treble clef.

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  • Identify notes on the treble and bass staff.
  • Count and play notes on the music staff.
  • Form and play the most important chords in music, as well as extended chords on piano.
  • Read notes and play the right and left hand parts of simple songs on piano (or other musical instrument).
  • Apply your knowledge of basic music theory, read sheet music and play easy songs.
English Musical Notation and Pitch: Let's get the ball rolling. Music is written on a staff. A staff has five lines and four spaces. We can clearly see this in the diagram. These lines and spaces are counted from bottom to top. In other words, the line way at the bottom of the staff is the 1st line and the one way at the top is the fifth line. The same applies to the spaces. The space way at the bottom is the 1st space and the one at the top is top is the 4th space. Each line and space has a name. What are their names? Their names are either A, B, C, D, E, F or G, the first 7 letters of the alphabet. These 7 letters are the only letters in the musical alphabet. There is no H, neither I, J, K, L, M, N, O, P and so on. Only seven notes. So it's not hard at all when you think of it this way. There's a sign which some say looks like an S. This sign is a treble clef. It is also called a G clef. It is called a G clef because part of it circles the second line of the clef. The second line of the treble clef is G. But wait a moment. We will learn more about the names of the lines of the treble clef later. For now I want you to focus on the treble clef and how it looks. A treble clef. So what's the purpose of this treble clef? The treble clef makes us know what letters or notes apply to each line or space of the staff. The treble clef tells us what to call each line or space. It tells us what note name to give to each line or space. There is another clef, which we will find out about later. That other clef, when used, will cause the lines and spaces to have different names. But for now, let's learn the notes of the lines and spaces of the treble clef. Let's start with the lines. The lines of the treble clef are named as follows: E G B D F. The first line is named E. The second line is named G. The third line is named B. The fourth line is named D. And the fifth line is named F. It's that simple. Here's a trick you can use to remember the names of the lines of the treble clef. Recite the phrase, "Every Good Boy Does Fine". That will help you remember it. “Every” starts with E, “Good” starts with G, “Boy” starts with B, “Does” starts with D, and “Fine” starts with F. This gives us E-G-B-D-F and these are the notes of the lines of the treble clef. Now that we know the names of the lines, let's move on to the spaces. What are the names of the four spaces? Their names are F-A-C-E. Clearly, it spells the word, "face". So it's very easy to remember. Just remember your face. Nothing hard about that. Just stay with me and we will see how easy it is to read music. It's really no big deal as long as you have the right approach to this. Here's an exercise you can do. When you get a chance, get some manuscript paper and practice writing the treble clef sign. Or if you already have this paper, you can do so now. So you now know all the notes of the treble clef.