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Piano for dummies - Blake N.

Blake N. Piano for dummies - IDG, 1996. - 353 p.
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IJ1 The bass clef looks like a stylized F (use your imagination).
J' The bass clef’s two dots surround the staff line that represents the note F.
You can call the bass clef theF clef, if you like, or think of it as a stylized B — the dots are the humps — for “bass.” Again, you didn’t hear that from me when Professor Uppity asks.
Part II: Getting Sound Dow*it£a|MV
Figure 4-6:
The bass clef.
Don’t think that the bass clef surronds the F just below the treble clef G. It doesn’t! Instead, this F is one set of keys lower on the keyboard (see Figure 4-7).
more than one key.
Bass clef F Middle C Treble clef G
To read the notes on the bass clef, simply start with the F line and travel down, or backwards, and up, or forwards, through the alphabet. Figure 4-8 shows you the notes on the bass clef staff.
Figure 4-8: G B D
The bass is loaded with
occurences _____________________________
of seven --------- n— °
basic notes.
On both the treble and bass staff, notice that the bottom line and top space have the same letter name. Same goes for the bottom space and top line on each staff. Figure 4-9 illustrates my point beautifully.
Chapter 4: Folloping Horizontal and Vertical Linos
Mnemonics help you remember the mnotes
Having trouble remembering the names of the lines and spaces for each staff (and consequently, the notes they represent)? Use a mnemonic, a word or phrase created from the letter names of these lines and spaces, to help you remember.
I like the following mnemonics, but feel free to make up your own. Unless otherwise noted, these mnemonics start on the bottom line of each staff and go up:
Treble clef lines (E-G-B-D-F):
. Traditional (but sexist): Every Good Boy
Does Fine
.j Musical: Every Good Band Draws Fans
Pianistic: Even Gershwin Began (as a) Dummy First
. Culinary: Eating Green Bananas Disgusts Friends
Shameless: Every Good Book (is a) Dummies Favorite
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.
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