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The Complete Language of Music - Foundation 2

The second foundation for the Complete Language of Music is from the Writing and Reading part of the language.

There are number of systems used by musicians to communicate their ideas to other musicians. The simplest is one where the lyrics are written with the appropriate chords written above them. Some have a tempo and time signature (this will be covered later) added, but this is rare. The amount of information missing in this system far outweighs the value of what is written.

The next, for guitar and bass, is tablature. Normally the notes are represented by the horizontal string and a number for the fret. Again it is very rare to have rhythmic information or tempo and time signature. This is good for guitar/ bass players who can listen to the track and try to replicate from the tablature.

The most accurate and useful communication system, by far, is music written on staves. These always come with the information that you need. Tempo, time signature, notes, rhythm and even dynamics. On top of this, anyone who can read music, can play it on any instrument or even sing what is written.

If you are serious about writing music for anyone to play – you need to read and write music on staves.

Here I will explain the basics.

Above you the Treble Clef that tells you the range of notes being used and the Time Signature of



This tells how the music is sectioned up and where the music’s pulse is. All music has a pulse and the time signature tells where that is likely to be (this will be covered later).

After this we have the notes on the stave and once these are learnt they open a whole world of communication.

Here are the notes for the Treble and Bass clefs.

As you can see from the diagram above, of the staves, the notes each have a name using the alphabetical notes from A to G. This relates to the Scales covered in the Foundation 1 section.

The Note on a line of its own between the staves is C and because it is between the staves it is called Middle C.

The next Foundation is found in the notes positions on the stave.

The way I have drawn it shows that there is a similarity between the notes of the staves.

If you learn the notes on the Treble Stave, you can then just drop the notes, either, one line or one space and you have the notes on the Bass Clef.

There are a few notes left over on the bass clef but if you continued the notes on the treble clef you would see that they are the same.

Most people are taught to remember the notes on the lines of the treble clef as






And the notes in the spaces by the word F A C E

You can also apply these to the bass clef as well.

Find some sheet music and try practising which notes are which. Enjoy.

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