Bass Clef Notes: The modern staff is made up of five lines and four spaces, each of which is reserved for a specific pitch. At the beginning of each staff is a symbol that represents a particular set of pitches, either low, medium, or high. For this lesson, we’ll be focusing on the bass clef staff, which looks like this.
This ear-shaped symbol specifies a set of low to medium pitches. Music written on this staff is for instruments that play low and medium pitches, such as basses, bassoons, trombones, and the lower range of the piano. The bass clef staff is easy to use because, starting from the bottom space, the letters of the lines and spaces follow the musical alphabet.
Draw A Bass Clef In Four Easy Steps
This clef is much easier to draw than the treble clef. It consists of one curved line and two dots.
Step One: Start with a dot on the fourth line
Step Two: Curve up and touch the top line
Step Three: Curve downward, finishing on or just under the second line
Step Four: Draw two dots in the spaces above and below the fourth line of the staff.
Treble And Bass Clef Notes
The first symbol that appears at the beginning of every music staff is a clef symbol. It is very important because it tells you which note (A, B, C, D, E, F, or G) is found on each line or space.
For example, a treble clef symbol tells you that the second line from the bottom (the line that the symbol curls around) is “G”. On any staff, the notes are always arranged so that the next letter is always on the next higher line or space.
Spaces On The Staff
Between the five lines, there are four spaces. Each space represents a specific pitch. The lower space is, the lower the pitch. The higher space is, the higher the pitch. Starting from the bottom of the bass clef staff, the spaces are A, C, E, and G.
So when a note is placed on the bottom space, the musician knows to play or sing the pitch A. If the note is on a higher space, you can simply count which space it is, then find the corresponding letter. So if your note is on the third space, you can simply count over three letters in the sequence. In this case, the note is E, because E is the third letter in the sequence.
Bass Clef Notes Piano
Music is written in music notation. Music notation tells you what notes to play, and how long to play the notes. The notation is written on a staff, which comprises five lines and four spaces, on which are placed the notes. The higher the position on a staff, the higher the pitch, and vice versa.
On every staff, there will be a symbol called a clef. Piano music is written in with the right hand. The bass clef, or F clef, is used for the lower sounding notes, usually played with the left hand. When the two clefs are put together by a brace they are called a grand staff.
Bass Clef Notes On Staff
A ruthless killer is on the loose! The killer has for some reason left some musical clues as to his or her whereabouts. However, the clues are written in bass clef, and the notes on the bass clef staff are different than those on the treble clef staff. Let’s review the notes of the bass clef staff to strengthen the skills we’ll need to read the ransom note!
The Musical Alphabet
The first step in solving the ransom note is knowing which pitches exist in the musical alphabet. In our current music system, there are seven letters that are used to represent pitches. These letters are A, B, C, D, E, F, and G. The pitches repeat at higher (or lower) intervals and always retain the same letter.
Bass And Treble Clef Notes
First of all, to better understand what they are, we need to know what the staff is. The musical staff is the foundation upon which notes are drawn. It comprises five lines and four spaces. Every line or space on the staff represents a white key on your piano.
There are two staves (plural for staff). There’s a treble staff and a bass staff with a treble clef and bass clef, respectively. The notes of the lines on the treble staff from bottom to top are E-G-B-D-F while the notes of the spaces are F-A-C-E. For the bass staff, the notes of the lines from bottom to top are G-B-D-F-A. The notes of the spaces for the bass staff are A-C-E-G. This would give us a total of 9 notes for the treble staff and 9 notes for the bass staff.
We seem to have a problem. Only eighteen notes? What about all the other notes on the piano? After all, some keyboards have 61 and 76 keys and a piano has as many as 88 keys. What seems like a problem is solved by ledger lines. When we run out of room on the staff we add ledger (or leger) lines. These very short lines extend the 5 lines, 4 space staff, allowing us to add extra notes. They can be added above or below the treble and bass staff. Those below the staff are the lower notes, while those above are higher notes.