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How to read and play sheet music with 3 clefts    18:43 on Sunday, February 24, 2008 Vote for this post Vote against this post 0 votes

dlee
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Hey you guys, I'm just now learning how to play the piano and I can play a little bit, but now I'm getting music with 3 clefts, theres a treble cleft, another treble cleft and then a bass cleft. Theres only one grand staff and thats a treble and a bass cleft. So what do I do with the other treble cleft, and how do I play it.

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Re: How to read and play sheet music with 3 clefts    21:27 on Sunday, February 24, 2008 Vote for this post Vote against this post 0 votes

blueeyedbassoon
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Anyone, feel free to correct/add to this. But typically when you have 3 staves one of your hands, usually the left hand will cross over the right hand to play the 3rd staff. Music is sometimes written in 3 staves so its easier to read. For example, the left hand will have bass clef as usual, the right hand has treble clef, and then a 3rd staff above that for the left hand. Most songs are written so that the left hand plays something in bass clef, then has enough time to cross over the right hand to play the 3rd staff. Ask me to clarify this if you don't understand or if I'm just plain confusing you. Rachmaninoff's prelude op.32 no. 2 goes into 4 staves, 2 for each hand.

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Re: How to read and play sheet music with 3 clefts    23:18 on Tuesday, February 26, 2008 Vote for this post Vote against this post 0 votes

agent3x
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The third clef may be for voice or another instrument. Piano plays on the grand staff; even piano music with more than two staves will be connected with a bracket. You don't have to play the third clef. It may even be impossible to do so on piano, but you could always sing along or get a friend to play with you.

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Re: How to read and play sheet music with 3 clefts    18:20 on Wednesday, February 27, 2008 Vote for this post Vote against this post 0 votes

blueeyedbassoon
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Good point. I didn't think of that.

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Re: How to read and play sheet music with 3 clefts    11:23 on Friday, February 29, 2008 Vote for this post Vote against this post 0 votes

Pianist_Unlimite
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Alrighty ur promblem solved! The second treble cleff is for VOCAL MELODIES ONLY so just play the bottom two cleffs. hope this helps.

   

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