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  Understanding Music Notation Lesson 3 – Bass Clef  
Christopher Schlegel Tutorial 018 - Learning To Read Music (Page 3 of 17)
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Christopher Schlegel



Understanding Music Notation Lesson 3 – Bass Clef

Here we have the bottom part of the Grand Staff system: the Bass Clef Staff.

The Bass Clef, like the Treble Clef also has five lines and four spaces. The Bass Clef is however associated with lower pitched notes which are usually played by the left hand. It is called the Bass Clef because it is for lower pitched notes and instruments relative to other notes and standard instruments that are higher pitched that use the Treble Clef. It’s also sometimes called the F Clef to indicate its reference point of the second line from the top being the note F. That’s why the little symbol looks kind of like a stylized F with the lines being dots instead that are directly above and below the line where the note F is drawn.

The phrase that is typically used for Bass Clef is “All Cows Eat Grass”. This refers to the spaces in between the lines from bottom to top. It can also be a good way to memorize the letter names represented by placing notes on the spaces of the bass.

A – C – E – G.

This is the Bass Clef Staff with notes drawn on the spaces:

This leads to the next step, assigning letters to the lines of the Bass Clef from bottom to top:

G – B – D – F – A.

So, again, we put the lines and spaces together using each adjacent line and space together from bottom to top. Doing this we can see that we have again used the notes of the musical alphabet sequentially.

This is the Bass Clef Staff with notes drawn on the lines and spaces:

  Understanding Music Notation Lesson 3 – Bass Clef  
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