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b a s s is t. I ’ m s u r e y o u ’v e s e e n jo b s a d v e r t is e d f o r s i g h t - r e a d i n g b a s s is ts f o r c r u is e jo b s a n d m u s ic a l t h e a t r e
w o r k . N o t o n l y t h a t , i t w i l l h e lp y o u u n d e r s t a n d h a r m o n y a n d t h e o r y b e t t e r , h e lp in g y o u e x p r e s s id e a s in
a m o r e c o n t r o ll e d m a n n e r . W h e n w e ’ r e l e a r n i n g a la n g u a g e , it 's n o t e n o u g h ju s t t o s p e a k i t - w e s h o u ld
b e a b le t o r e a d a n d w r i t e i t t o o .
N o w . w r i t t e n m u s ic is p la c e d o n a f r a m e w o r k k n o w n a s a s t a v e ( o r s t a f f ) . T h is is n o t t o b e c o n f u s e d
w i t h ta b . a s t h e lin e s i n t a b l a t u r e r e p r e s e n t b a s s s t r in g s . O n a s ta v e , t h e lin e s r e p r e s e n t n o t e s a n d p it c h e s .
T h e n u m b e r s o n t a b t e l l y o u w h e r e t o p la y t h e n o t e s o n t h e f r e t b o a r d , w h i l e t h e s ta v e g iv e s y o u t h e
f r e e d o m t o c h o o s e w h e r e t o p la y t h e n o te s .
T h e r e a r e f i v e lin e s o n a s ta v e , e a c h l i n e a n d s p a c e i n d i c a t i n g a d i f f e r e n t n o t e . T h e r e a r e d i f f e r e n t
k i n d s o f s t a v e s f r o m w h i c h m u s ic ia n s r e a d , b u t t h e m o s t c o m m o n l y u s e d a r e t h e t r e b le a n d b a s s c le f .
P ia n o p la y e r s t e n d t o r e a d f r o m b o t h s t a v e s a t t h e s a m e t im e , a s s h o w n in E x a m p le 1: t h e n o t e s a r e
s p r e a d o u t o v e r b o t h c le f s t o c r e a t e a k i n d o f m a s t e r c le f . R ig h t i n t h e m id d le y o u h a v e t h e a p t l y t i t l e d
M id d le C : t h i s is t h e v e r y c e n t r e o f b o t h c le f s .
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a r e t h e s a m e n o t e , b u t i n a d i f f e r e n t o r d e r d e p e n d in g w h a t c le f y o u ’r e o n .
O n E x a m p le 2 , I s t a r t e d t h e n o t e s o n t h e t r e b l e c le f o n l y f r o m M id d le C t o i l l u s t r a t e w h e r e t h e n o t e s
o n t h e b a s s c le f c o n t i n u e . N o t e s t h a t c o n t i n u e a b o v e o r b e lo w a s ta v e a r e p la c e d o n le d g e r lin e s . T h e
n o t e s a b o v e t h e b a s s c le f t h a t a r e o n le d g e r lin e s a r e d o u b le d u p o n t h e t r e b l e c le f , a n d a r e t h e s a m e
n o t e s . T h e b a s s c le f b e c o m e s t h e t r e b le c le f a s y o u g o u p in p it c h . N e x t t im e y o u s e e s o m e w r i t t e n m u s ic ,
s e e i f y o u c a n i d e n t i f y t h e n o t e s o n b o t h s ta v e s . K e e p i t lo w !
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