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Piano for dummies - Neely B.

Neely B. Piano for dummies - IDG Books , 1991. - 353 p.
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Treble clef spaces (F-A-C-E):
Traditional: FACE (like the one holding your nose)
- Musical: Forks And Chopsticks Everywhere {See Chapter 3.)
. Laundry (start with top space): Eventually Colors Always Fade
Bass clef lines (G-B-D-F-A):
Recreational: Good Bikes Don’t Fall Apart
J' Musical: Great Beethoven's Deafness Frustrated All
.s Musical: Grandpa Bach Did Fugues A lot
Painful: Giving Blood Doesn't Feel Agreeable
Bass clef spaces (A-C-E-G):
* Musical: American Composers Envy Gershwin
J* Animal: All Cows Eat Grass
J' Revenge (start with top space): Get Even, Call Avon
Read enough of these, and you'll be hard-pressed to forget them. Of course, if you do happen to forget these helpful mnemonics, simply find the line encircled by the clef and move up or down the alphabet from there.
Figure 4-9:
On top and bottom, the name's the same.
Part II: Getting Sound Down on Paper_________________
Double J/our Staff, Double j/our Fun
Sooner or later, on either staff, you run out of lines and spaces for your notes. Surely the composer wants you to use more of the fabulous 88 keys at your disposal, right? Here’s a solution: Because you play piano with both hands at the same time, why not show both staves (plural form of “staff”) on the music page? Great idea!
Grand staffing
Join both staves together and you get one grand staff (it’s really called that), as shown in Figure 4-10. This way, you can read notes for both hands at the same time.
Figure 4-10:
Ain't these staves grand?
Why all the wasted space between the two staves? I’m glad you asked. Look at the treble (top) staff and name the notes downward from G. You’ll notice that you only get to E before running out of lines. What to do?
Now go to F on the bass (bottom) clef and name the notes upward. You only get to A. What about the remaining B, C, C-sharp, D, and D-sharp in between A and E, shown in Figure 4-11?
C# D#
Figure 4-11:
Where are the lines and spaces for these little guys?
Chapter 4: Following Horizontal and Vertical Lines
The grand staff has an “imaginary” solution. Imagine, if you will, another line running between both staves. This line creates spaces that can hold three extra notes and the applicable sharps and flats for each, as shown in Figure 4-12.
Figure 4-12:
Making room for more notes.
Notice what this line does to the grand staff — it makes it practically impossible to read. Instead, the staves are spread apart and a very small line is used in the middle for C — just wide enough to hold the note — as shown in Figure 4-13. You call this a ledger line, often spelled without the “d” as leger, but that just looks wrong.
Figure 4-13:
A thin little line to hold more notes.
Squeezing in the middle
The note C that occupies the ledger line in between the staves is called — drum roll, please — middle C. Coincidentally, middle C is the white key located just about dead center on your piano. On some pianos, the middle C is labeled “C4,” because it’s the fourth C from the bottom.
To remember the name of this ledger line note forever, just think of it as the note floating in the middle of the sea (C) between the staves. And my, how this note does float! Middle C “floats” to one of two positions between the staves, depending on which hand you use to play the note. Figure 4-14 shows middle C in its two positions. When it’s closer to the treble clef staff, you play it with your right hand; if it appears closer to the bass clef staff, you use your left hand.
The notes B and D can also float around, depending on which hand plays them. That is, D can either cling to the bottom of the treble clef staff, or it can sit on top of the middle C ledger line. Similarly, B can sit on top of the bass clef staff or attach itself to the bottom of the middle C ledger line. Figure 4-15 illustrates these floating note positions.
Part II: Getting Sound Down on Paper
Figure 4-14:
Floating on the C.
Figure 4-15:
Playing the same note with different hands.
D played by right hand B played by right hand
D played by left hand
B played by left hand
Climbing up the staff and beyond
Middle C may be powerful, but it isn’t the only note to receive the coveted ledger line award. Other ledger lines come into play when you get to notes that won’t fit on the lines and spaces created by the treble and bass clefs.
For example, the top line of the treble staff is F. Just above this line, sits the note G. After G, a whole new set of ledger lines waits to bust out.
A similar situation occurs at the bottom of the bass staff. Ledger lines begin popping up after the low G line and low F that’s hanging on to the staff for dear life. Figure 4-16 illustrates all of this ledger line fun.
Remembering these ledger lines is simple: Both sets of three ledger lines (on either staff) spell “ACE.” Once you know them, you too will be an ace.
Solving the mysteries that lurk between the clefs
For me, and hopefully for you, the existence of middle C clears up some very big questions about the staves — what I call Staff Line Mysteries (soon to be an Agatha Christie paperback):
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