When it comes to learning about musical clefs, there are a few essential ones that you’ll need to know about in music theory. In this post we’re going to be taking a look at a clef that’s used by instruments that play in the lower register: The Bass Clef.
What is the bass clef?
The bass clef is a type of musical clef used by instruments that play low pitched notes. It’s also known as the F clef as it loops and wraps itself around the note F on a stave. It also has two small dots either side of the 2nd line of the stave to show us which note is F.
Over the years it’s evolved from originally being written as a letter F through lots of different variations to what we know it as today.
What instruments use the bass clef?
Lots of different instruments use the bass clef to read music. Instruments like:
- Double basses
- The left hand of the piano
Bass clef notes
To help you memorise and learn these notes we can split them up into the lines and the spaces like we did with the treble clef notes For the notes on the lines you can use the phrase:
Great Britain Doesn’t Fight America
There are a few other mnemonics you could use: Good Boys Deserve Fudge Always – or: Great Big Dogs Frighten Auntie
And lastly, for the notes in the spaces I use the phrase:
All Cows Eat Grass
I hope that helps make a bit more sense of the bass clef. If you have any questions that I haven’t covered here just post a comment below and I’ll respond!