Remembering the Line and Space Notes in Piano

Piano music consists of two staves connected by a bracket.

Using a phrase based off the acronyms that are created from the lines and spaces on the piano makes it easier to remember the note names on a grand piano staff. The grand piano staff consists of two staves, one in the treble clef and one in the bass clef. The two staves are connected by a bracket to indicate each staff should be played simultaneously. These two staves make it possible to hold two sets each of four lines and five spaces with each line and space having its own note name.

The loop inside the staff wraps around the G-line in the treble clef.

Learn the names of the notes in the treble clef. Remember that the treble clef symbol wraps around the line named G. The other lines can be remembered by skipping every other letter. For instance, the lowest line is E, the second is G, the third is B, the fourth is D and the fifth is F. You may also use a phrase such as "Every Good Boy Does Fine" to remember the names of the notes.

Identify the spaces in the treble clef by remembering they also move in thirds. The lowest space is an F, the second space is an A, the third space is C and the top space is E. Remember the phrase, "If you look between the lines you'll see your face" to help identify the spaces.

The bass clef looks like a stylized F.

Memorize the lines of the bass clef by remembering that the two dots in the bass clef are on either side of the F line. The other lines are a third away from each other. From bottom to top, this gives the notes G, B, D, F and A. A popular phrase to remember this is "Good Boys Do Fine Always."

Remember the notes of the spaces on the bass clef by memorizing the phrase, "All Cows Eat Grass." The lowest space is an A, the second a C, the third an E and the top space is a G.


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