Bass clef marks the lower section on the keyboard. Bass clef is centered around the fourth line of the staff. It shows that the F3 is on the fourth line of the staff. Usually the lower staff of piano music is written in bass clef.
Treble clef is centered aroung the secod line of the staff. And this point marks the G4 on the keyboard. Without treble clef it is impossible to play or sightread any piece for the piano.
Piano keyboard (or the pitch range used in music) is too wide for one single staff. We need a lot bigger area. And to link a single staff with a certain sound frequency zone, clef is used. This is why we need clefs briefly.
The piano has got 52 white keys. When writing music or sightreading, we probably need to use most (or all) of these keys. How is it possible, to put 52 notes on a staff, when we only have five lines and four spaces? And here is the place where we ask, what are ledger lines.
When to count octaves, lines, spaces or even keys, the higher pitch also means a higher number. And on the keyboard, right side always means higher side.
To write music, sightread, or just to be aware of a music score you have to know how to put notes on the staff or how notes are put on the staff. Here is an example about this.
What is a staff and what is a single staff is a question that every music lover and musician encouters daily. Even if we do not need use the word staff and ask what is staff, this knowledge is very active while sightreading or writing music.
Being more aware and knowing the details is always good and widens our musical skills.
In the field of music, staff means the five lines you can use to write down music. Without knowing what are staff, lines, spaces it is impossible to sightread as well.
In the series ‘Complete Notation Basics’ you will get all knowledge you need to know to write music and sightread.