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Elements of Music Notation
by Elaine Ernst Schneider and Joanne Mikola
April 4, 2001

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Note Placement
From Middle C to the first ledger line above and below both the treble and bass music staves.

Five parallel, equidistant lines with spaces in between.



        BAR LINE
A vertical line placed in a STAFF to mark off MEASURES
Part of a STAFF set off by BAR LINES


CLEF Treble Clef 
Bass Clef
Musical symbol that names lines and spaces. There are two : 
TREBLE Clef and BASS Clef


- Also called the "G" clef because the loop at the bottom wraps around the line on a staff for the 'G' note above middle 'C'.
- The Lines designate the following notes, in order from the bottom, up : E,G, B, D, F. - This is easily remembered by using the mnemonic "Every Good Boy Does Fine"
- The spaces are for the notes F, A, C, E, in order from the bottom up.


- Also called the "F" clef as the dots are placed above and below the line marking 'F' below middle 'C'. 
- The lines are labelled G, B, D, F, A or "Good Boys Do Fine Always"
- The spaces are called A, C, E G or "All cows eat grass"



Lines added above or below the staff. In the picture (left) both notes with ledger lines indicate middle C.


All together: C to C to C

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Assignment : Worksheet 1

Submitted by:  © Elaine Ernst Schneider  is a freelance writer and a teacher. She has been writing since high school and has published articles, songs, and children's work. Presently, Elaine is a curriculum author for Group Publishing and also writes the City Songs column for ezine. 
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