How to Notate Chimes

Step 1 Write your chime part in the treble clef. The treble clef is placed at the beginning of the staff and indicates that the pitches to be played will sound at the higher end of the pitch spectrum.

Step 2 Indicate pitches by writing in the appropriate notes in the staff. Remember to write the pitches between middle C and the F at the top of the staff. Chimes do not have the capability to extend this range.

Step 3 Remember that chimes are hit with hammers and shouldn't play melodies that are too fast. A single percussionist can play two pitches simultaneously. If you want more than two pitches to sound, it will require the use of two percussionists.


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