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The Grand Staff & Clefs
The piano grand staff.

The grand staff is made up of the treble and bass staves.

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The Piano Grand Staff

The grand staff is the two-part piano staff used to accommodate the piano’s wide range of notes:

These two staves are connected physically by systemic bar lines, and musically by a brace. The brace indicates that one performer plays the two staves simultaneously.



See More Musical Symbols:
Staff & Barlines    ■Note Lengths     ■Articulation Marks    ■Repeat Signs
■The Grand Staff      ■Dotted Notes      ■Dynamics & Volume      ■Segno & Coda Signs
Time Signatures       ■Accidentals        ■Key Signatures      ■Pedal Marks
Tempo Commands     ■Piano Chords         ■Music Rests          ■8va & Octave Commands


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