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The pupil accustomed to reading from the treble or G clef staff will of course need more or less practice to become familiar with the bass staff; somewhat for the same reason many find it a little confusing at first to keep the mind fixed upon the key-tone, or Tonic's place, when changing into the different keys. We find but little trouble, provided pupils are not kept too long reading in any one key. When drilling upon let�ter names of degrees of both staffs we sometimes use this plan, viz: Draw a staff of eleven long lines; let the class look at it a few moments, to see how cumber�some it is; tell them the first lower line is named G, second B, and so on to the eleventh, inclusive, space below F, etc. Then erase the middle (sixth) line, except a short portion in the middle of it, when we see the two staffs, with the C ( middle C ) line half way be-
tween�no letter names changed. Pupils may be told that when they read from the bass staff; they are mere�ly working in the lower part of what was once (for a few moments ) our eleven-line or "great staff," also, that the first line of bass staff bears the same name as the second line of treble, second same as third; spaces same way. Repeated practice does the chief import�ant work. Little devices attract and interest the youn�ger pupils; such as building an " eleven board fence " and finding it too much work to climb; " cut it down, about half," or build a log house, give each log a name, etc. It pays to interest. We find no success without it. If you can thoroughly interest your younger pupils without the aid of any devices, well and good. If you belong to that class, who consider themselves " above such trifling things," so much the worse for your pupils.
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