Learning how to draw a treble clef is a big part of music theory and music notation. After the staff it’s usually the first thing that you’d add.
In this post we’ll cover how to do it properly. But first, let’s cover what a treble clef even is.
What is a treble clef?
The treble clef is a type of musical clef that is also known as the G clef. This is because it tells us where the note G is on a stave.
The treble clef is used by lots of instruments that play in a higher register like trumpets, violins, flutes and lots more.
History of drawing the treble clef
Nowadays everyone tends to draw the treble clef in exactly the same way, but, that wasn’t always the case. It’s gone through a lot of different variations over the centuries to become what it is now.
Why do you need to draw it properly?
As we covered earlier, the treble clef is a type of G clef. That means that it shows us where the note G is on the stave. This is why it’s vitally important to draw the treble clef properly as if you have it in the wrong place you’ll be indicating that G is somewhere else on the stave.
For example, if you drew a G clef wrapping around the first line of the stave as shown below, you’ll actually have drawn another type of G clef called a french violin clef.
Drawing the treble clef
There isn’t just one way to draw a treble clef but the way I prefer to teach drawing one is shown in the video below.
- Start with your pencil on the 2nd line of the stave (G) and draw a curved line clockwise to the middle line of the stave (B)
- Loop all the way down to the first line of the stave (E)
- Then, keep looping up around to the middle line again (B)
- Continue diagonally across until the 4th line of the stave (D)
- Loop up around over the top lines of the stave
- Draw a straight line down through all the lines of the stave and through the centre of your swirl
- Finish with a flick below the stave and you’re done
Drawing treble clef practice worksheet
The best way to learn how to draw treble clefs is by practicing. The more you do it, the more natural it will be and the better your treble clefs will look.