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stave




stave

Also called the staff, a set of five horizontal lines and four spaces that each represent a different note or musical pitch. The name of the note is determined by the type of clef that appears at the beginning of the stave.

In the case of the commonly-used treble clef, and the treble stave that it signifies, the pitches are assigned as in the following diagram:

notes on treble stave
Notes on the treble stave

On the bass stave, indicated by the bass clef, the notes are arranged as follows:

notes on bass stave
Notes on the treble stave

The grand stave is the combination of the treble and bass staves.

grand stave

See also ledger lines.


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