5 Minute Line and Space Drills

Making lines and spaces automatic

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Line and Space Drills

All beginners should start with these drills. For instance, the youngest student I have right now is already playing the lines and space of the drill for beginners, using my chart. At first  beginners use a keyboard chart that lines up behind the keys.

The chart is only for the first month or so and is quickly phased out. None of my students use an aid after that to find and name all lines and spaces. We begin using only numbers as in the instructions.

The five lines in both the bass and treble clef are named with the line number: One, two, three, and so on.

Then the spaces, which usually are sitting on a line, are named with the line plus a direction: on one, on two, and so on, with the space below line one as simply “under one”.

A the end are the page I label “As hard as it gets”, because even advanced musicians are often weak when they get to 5 lines above or below both staves. Music does go that high and low, but usually only in octaves, intervals or chords where the notes are obvious from position and relative placement.

In the future I will continue to add more pages. The beauty of doing music on the computer, in notation programs, is that it costs no more to make a file that is one page long or a hundred. Users can eyeball a very long file and choose what they need to use, then print out only that. For instance, an advanced musician might only want to print out the last two pages, to drill on notes that are way above or below the staves.