Join Rick Schmunk for an in-depth discussion in this video Treble clef, part of Learning Music Notation.
- [Narrator] The staff is much like a ruler, or yardstick,…that allows us to precisely measure the distance…from one note to the next.…But without a specific point of reference,…any staff line or space could represent any note.…In music notation, a symbol referred to…as a clef sign, indicates the point of reference.…So today there are four clef signs in general use.…The treble clef, the top one on the slide here,…is for notes in a higher range.…The bass clef, for notes in a lower range,…and for instruments whose range does not fit easily…around either bass or treble clef,…we have a variety of clefs that are called C clefs.…
And then the bottom clef that we see here,…is called the neutral clef,…and that is used for nonpitched instruments…like instruments in the drum set.…So let's start by talking about the treble or G clef.…Now, I should mention that the world clef derives…from a French word that means key.…And in this context, the clef sign literally unlocks…the meaning of the staff.…So if we look at the symbol for the clef sign here,…
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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