# A diagram for lines and spaces

MONDAY, October 12, 2020 – 9:00 PM

Here is a diagram that my wife came up with, and I think it’s a good picture of what we are doing. It shows that there are always five lines, so all you have to do is figure out which line or space you see and then line it up with the same thing on my keyboard chart.

#### First match the line notes…

Line notes are the “note heads” or “circles” where the line cuts right through the middle. They are red or blue on my chart, or dark if you have a black and white printout. You don’t need to start at the bottom, or top. You just figure out the line, which will always be 1 2 3 4 5. Then you find the same thing on the chart and play the white key that is in front of the circle on your keyboard.

#### Now match the space notes…

To find the space notes you just need to know that space notes are in between two lines, on top of a line or underneath a line.There is never a line through the middle of a space note. So if you are looking for a note that is between line 1 and line 2, you can say “on 1”, or “under 2” or “between 1 and 2”. It really does not matter what you say because you only want to get to the right key.

#### Remember, just find the line or space on the chart that matches the music.

Then press the key that is in front of the right note. Always find the note first before you do anything else. Don’t worry about the color of the circles (the notes), whether the notes on the page are black or white. The color of the notes on the page is about how long you hold the notes, and that has nothing to do with reading lines and spaces.

#### You don’t need letter names to find the keys.

Later you can name the keys as you press them, but in the beginning that is not necessary and may stop you from finding the keys.

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