Homework – Treble and Bass Clef Pitches
To tell which pitch is which you need to add a symbol called a clef at the beginning of the stave. The most common for high-pitched and melody instruments is the treble clef, which is used by the violin, flute, clarinet, oboe, trumpet, french horn and right-hand on the piano.
To help remember which notes go where the notes in the spaces going up spell FACE and a mnemonic for the notes on the lines going up is Every Green Bus Drives Fast. For the extra notes above and below the stave you simply continue the pattern going up or down in steps. The C with one ledger line below the treble clef stave is middle C or C3 on a piano.
For low-pitched instruments the most common clef is the bass clef, which is used by cello, bass, trombone, tuba, bassoon and left-hand on the piano. The mnemonic for the spaces is All Cows Eat Grass and for the lines is Green Buses Drive Fast Always. The extra notes above and below the stave continue the pattern (like treble clef). The C with one ledger line above the bass clef stave is also middle C or C3 on a piano.
The clefs work by indicating the line where a particular pitch is drawn. For example the treble clef is also known as a G clef because the loops in the middle loop around the line where the note G is written. The bass clef is also known as an F clef because the 2 dots are either side of the line where F is written.
The clef should be repeated on the beginning of every stave.
Exercise 1 Practise drawing the treble clef. Start by going over the printed ones and then carry on by yourself. You start with the loops in the middle and finish on the bottom backwards curve.
Exercise 2 Write the name of each of these treble clef notes underneath.
Exercise 3 Practise drawing the bass clef. Start by going over the printed ones and then carry on by yourself. You start with the top loop then finish at the bottom and finally add the 2 dots.
Exercise 4 Write the name of each of these bass clef notes underneath.
Exercise 5 Write the name of each note underneath (remembering to check the clef!)
Exercise 6 Draw the clefs that will make the letter name for each note correct.