Treble Clef - Learn How to Read the Notes in the Treble Clef
Author: Andrea Monk
Learning how to read music is like map reading. When you look at a map, the first thing you want to see is a sign saying "You Are Here." This is the job of the clef in music.
The two most common clefs in music are the treble clef and the bass clef. The treble clef is used to notate high-pitched notes. Instruments with a high sound read from the treble clef e.g. the flute, clarinet, violin, the female voice and the right hand piano part.
When the treble clef is used, it gives an exact indication of the pitch (or height) of the notes that follow. It looks like an ornate letter G. In fact, another name for it is the G clef.
It is placed at the beginning of the staff (or stave) - a series of 5 parallel lines onto which musical notes are placed. The G clef is placed through the 2nd line of the staff. The name and pitch of the 2nd line is now fixed. This 2nd line is G.
Once you have an exact reference point, you can work out how all the other notes are named. The 1st line is E. The 1st space is F. The 2nd line (the fixed point) is G. The 2nd space is A and so on. As you rise up the notes on the staff, you rise up the alphabet, one letter at a time.
A quick way to remember the 4 space notes in the treble clef is: "The 4 spaces spell FACE." On a piano, if you play the letters FACE, you start on F and play every other white key.
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