Before talking about the music staff let us first define it.
- Staff – A horizontal set of lines on which music is written.
Music is similar to other languages (English, French, German, Spanish). It is read from left to right and different symbols produce different sounds and accents. With the addition that music must be written on a staff. All music must be written on a set of lines like these:
There is special paper you can get that has these lines drawn on it. Staff paper is easy to obtain. You can buy it at your local music store or download free staff paper from our website.
The modern staff consists of 5 lines and 4 spaces. In centuries past the number of lines and space had varied.
Every line and every space corresponds to notes on the keyboard: