Notating Pitches

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In musical notation, pitch is indicated exclusively by:

The shape of the notes on the staff

A note at the bottom of the staff has a higher pitch that a note at the top of the staff.


Each line and space on the staff represents a different:


Certain noteheads can only be placed on staff lines.


In recent centuries, the standard in most Western music traditions has been imaginative forms of graphic notation.


The staff is a system of:

Five lines and four spaces

Noteheads are placed on either lines or spaces on the staff to represent different pitches.


In the Western music tradition, a note symbol (i.e., its shape) indicates duration.


The system of parallel lines and spaces used to write music is called notation.


Successive lines and spaces from top to bottom of the staff represent successively lower prices.


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