Cross-staff beaming!

Apr 23, 2018

Hi,

Cross-staff beaming seems a little confusing to me as I haven't seen much of it or played any sheet music with this applied. However, now that I have seen some peices that I would like to learn that have cross staff notes, I need a better understanding.

Current Assumptions:

Let's dive into a scenario, a group of eighth notes are the last group in a bar on the bottom staff (left hand), the second note extends up into the top staff (right hand) while all the other notes remain on the bottom staff. Does this mean I play the second note with my right hand since it extends into the top staff? Or do I play all the notes with my left hand. 

I'm also guess that if the composer needs to play that particular notes with the other hand, crossing works where ledger lines don't communicate this information.

That's my understanding of how it works, please correct me if I'm wrong. 


Comments

for the most part it just makes it less confusing than making the bottom staff go treble, in other words do whatever fingering is most convenient to you (see solfeggietto)
When music is composed by someone that is not a piano played, this may seem like the more conveineint option. I think it is theoretically incorrect on piano scores as for piano players this is very confusing and difficult. Trained sight-readers don't read music like that, I would read this as top staff right-hand, bottom-staff left hand. Now to learn it, I need to play the phrase across both hands with the rythem mixed across both hands. 
Thanks Jonnycat, I kind of understand what you mean. But I just think it's confusion, I think ledger lines work better? What is you opinoin? Also solfeggietto sounds awesome! C minor is a favourite key signature.

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