In Part 2, you will build upon this knowledge and learn about the grand staff, sharps and flats, and some enharmonic equivalents. Make sure you have thoroughly understood everything in Part 1 before beginning!
The Grand Staff
Now that you know the notes on the treble and bass clef staff, it is time to combine their forces into the grand staff! The grand staff is the combination of treble and bass clef joined together with a bracket on the left side.
Check out the diagram below for the arrangement of the grand staff:
The grand staff is used to notate piano music because it provides more range than the treble or bass clef could on their own. Generally, the parts played by the right hand are notated in treble clef and the parts played by the left hand are notated in bass clef.
All the Notes on the Grand Staff
The Truth of Middle C Revealed
New Notes Around Middle C
Can you see how the notes in the bass clef are shifted down one line or space from the notes in treble clef? For example, can you see how G is on the second line of the treble clef and the first line of the bass clef? Or can you see how C is on the second space in the bass clef and the third space in treble clef?
More on Sharps and Flats
This note is called C sharp or C♯ and is notated here in treble clef:
What do you notice about the position of C♯ and D♭ on the keyboard? They are the same key, right? Two different pitches, written in two different ways on the staff but played by the same key on the keyboard. How is this possible? C♯ and D♭ are called enharmonic equivalents. Enharmonic equivalents are two notes that are notated differently but share the same pitch and key on the keyboard.
Check out the diagram below for all these combinations notated in treble clef:
Sharps and Flats in Bass Clef
Here are all the enharmonic equivalents notated on the bass clef:
Tying it All Together in Part 2
Reading music is a beneficial skill to add to your production repertoire. It will open new doors to understanding music and can deepen your creative skills as well. However, like anything music-related, it takes time and practice to hone your skills. Hopefully, this two part article will help you strengthen your music reading skills and aid you on your musical journey!