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Understanding the Stave

The Musical Stave is similar to a graph with a 'x' & 'y' axis. The vertical 'x' is pitch (high & low notes)

& the horizontal 'y' is time, you read it just like a book, from left to right.

The Stave is made up of 5 lines & 4 spaces.

Each line and space is a co-ordinate on the graph, the following example is a 'C major scale'.

Each of these numbers is a scale degree that we can relate to the piano below.