Join Rick Schmunk for an in-depth discussion in this video Grand staff, part of Learning Music Notation.
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- [Narrator] The range of most instruments is small enough…that the notes that the instrument is capable of playing…can fit around single staff.…But when notating music for instruments with wide ranges,…like the piano, or sketching out an arrangement…for an ensemble that has both high…and low range instruments,…a treble clef stave and a bass clef stave…are joined together to form what's called the grand staff.…Here we see a treble clef and a bass clef…stacked on top of each other, and they're joined together.…And, as we've talked about, the vertical arrangement…is also the same as indicating higher and lower pitches.…
So that we know, as we go higher on either of these staffs,…we're going higher in pitch, and as we go lower,…we're going lower in pitch.…Also, to indicate that these two staves…are joined together in one part,…there are two indications.…First of all, over here on the left,…we see this brace that joins the two staves.…And then, as we get into the music,…any of the bar lines, this line that we see…
It starts with notating pitch (clefs) and duration, including note lengths and rests. He moves into discussing flats, sharps, naturals, and key signatures, and the unique symbols for musical expression, including dynamics and articulations. He goes over notating chords and chord progressions, and the addition of vocals and lyrics. The course wraps with some score formatting tips and notation examples for piano, guitar, and drums, which pull together all the information into complete, publication-worthy pieces of sheet music.
- Notating pitch with clefs
- Notating duration
- Adding time signature and bars
- Using dots and ties
- Modifying pitch
- Notating scales
- Communicating expressions such as tempo and performance
- Notating chord progressions
- Notating vocals and lyrics
- Formatting a score
Skill Level Beginner
1. Notating Pitch
2. Notating Duration and Rhythm
3. Modifying Pitch and Scales
4. Communicating Expression
5. Notating Form
6. Notating Chords and Chord Progressions
7. Slash and Rhythmic Notation
8. Vocal Music and Lyrics
9. Score and Part Formatting
10. Notation Examples
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