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Musical staves, also known as staff or stave, are the horizontal lines and spaces on which musical notation is written. They provide a visual representation of pitch and allow musicians to read and interpret the notes, rhythms, and other musical symbols.

A standard musical staff consists of five lines and four spaces, with each line and space representing a specific pitch. The lines and spaces are numbered from the bottom up, starting with the lowest line or space.

In Western music notation, the pitches are represented by placing notes and other musical symbols on the appropriate line or space. The position of the note on the staff indicates the pitch, and additional symbols such as clefs, key signatures, time signatures, and accidentals provide further information about the music.

The most commonly used staff is the treble staff, also known as the G-clef, which is used for higher-pitched instruments like the violin, flute, or voice. The bass staff, or F-clef, is used for lower-pitched instruments such as the cello, bass guitar, or for lower voices. There are also other types of staves, such as the alto staff, tenor staff, and grand staff (combination of treble and bass staves), which are used for specific instruments and vocal ranges.

By reading the notes and symbols on the staves, musicians can interpret the composer's intentions and perform the music accurately. The staves provide a visual guide that helps musicians understand the pitch and timing of the music they are playing or singing.

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