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Treble Clef and the Treble Staff
The treble clef is part 2 of a 31 part series on musical notation and basic music theory. This is a type of clef.
There are 7 letters in the language of music (ABCDEFG) and they repeat as you go up or down the scale.
staff is made up of 5 lines and 4 spaces.A clef is the funny shaped
symbol at the far left sitting on those lines and spaces.
TREBLE CLEF AND THE TREBLE STAFF PART 2
There are several different kinds of clefs. Each clef changes where the notes are on these lines and spaces. In this case, we are looking at a treble clef, which makes this a treble staff.
Notice that the letters move up alphabetically alternating between 5 lines and 4 spaces (EFGABCDEF).
There are several ways to memorize these letter names and it is important to memorize their order.
The 4 space notes
spell the word FACE.
The 5 line notes
have many acronyms:
1. Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge
2. Every Girl Buys Delicious Fruit
3. Empty Garbage Before Dad Flips
4. Even Gorillas Blow Dirt Far...I made that one up :^)
Another name for the treble clef is the G clef, because the lip of the clef curls around the second line from the bottom which is a G note. It also kind of looks like a cursive G if that helps you remember it.
The treble staff
is the most common staff because the notes that play or sing the melody of a song or composition generally exist in this area.
It is used by singers and instruments alike. These notes are above and to the right of middle C on the piano. A piano player is usually reading this staff with their right hand.
I remember learning all of this when I was a kid and not really paying attention to it. I was able to sing and started learning to play guitar when I was twelve. It wasn't until I was a teenager and I really wanted to go to Berklee
, that I started to take this stuff seriously.