Letters above staff?

Asked by: Gayathri Drummond

Have you ever seen those letters up above the staff in your sheet music and wondered what they are? Those letters are chord symbols. Although guitar players use chord symbols all the time, for many beginning piano students chords are a mysterious art.

What do letters above the staff mean?

The letters above mean the implied/intended harmony. There are 2 possibilities I see here as to why an F and C7 are listed. If you are playing solo. There are certain common chord progressions in music.

What are the names of the letters written on top of the staff?

The musical alphabet includes only 7 letters: A, B, C, D, E, F, G. On the staff, each line or space represents a different letter. The treble clef is also known as the G clef because it indicates that the second line from the bottom will be G.

What do the letters above music notes mean?

That is a very good question. Those letter symbols stand for the appropriate chords to accompany the melody note below. They are what’s called “harmony” – guitar players, for example, do a lot of chord backup for singers.

How do you figure out the notes above the staff?

If you’d like to be able to figure out what the notes are above and below the staff, it’s pretty simple. Cycle through the musical alphabet (A B C D E F G). If you’re going above the staff, count up through the music alphabet alternating from space to line (or line space) and on until you reach your note.

What is the name of the note on the staff?

And spaces called a staff each of the five lines. And four spaces represent a different letter name or note depending upon which clef is found at the beginning of the staff.

What are the 7 pitch names?

There are only seven note names (A, B, C, D, E, F, G), and each line or space on a staff will correspond with one of those note names. To get all twelve pitches using only the seven note names, we allow any of these notes to be sharp, flat, or natural.

Where can we write notes above or below the staff?

In piano sheet music, notes above and below the staff will have lines above/below them, There are usually one, two or three of these lines and they simply act as an extension of the staff. For example, Middle C (the middle C note of the piano) is sitting on an extra line below the treble staff (the top one).

What is above the treble clef?

There are many types of clefs, but the four that are regularly used in modern music are Treble, Bass, Alto, and Tenor.

Is middle C C3 or C4?


We will follow the International Standards Organization (ISO) system for register designations. In that system, middle C (the first ledger line above the bass staff or the first ledger line below the treble staff) is C4. An octave higher than middle C is C5, and an octave lower than middle C is C3.

What is G3 in music?

alto: G3 to E5 (and contralto as F3-D5) tenor: roughly C3 to A4.