Arguably the most important symbol in music, the treble clef is one of the most common types of music clef today. It’s used by the majority of instruments to read music and so is something you’ll need to learn about if you’re learning an instrument that plays in an upper range of pitch.
In this post, I’m going to give you an overview of the treble clef and I’ll cover what it is, one of its other names as well as all the names of each of the pitches in this clef.
What is the treble clef?
The treble clef is a type of musical notation that is used to indicate which pitch should be played when reading and writing music.
It’s also known as the G clef as when drawing a treble clef, it loops and wraps itself around the note G on the staff.
Originally the treble looked like a letter G too but over the years, as it was written down thousands of times by different scribes, it’s evolved into what we know it as today.
Instruments that use the treble clef
Lots of instruments use the treble clef when playing but it tends to be instruments that have a higher register. Instruments like:
- The right hand of the piano
- And lots of others
Treble clef notes
Because the treble clef shows us where G is on the stave we can then work out all the other notes from there.
Then going down from G we have these notes:
Memorising the treble clef notes
To help you memorise these notes it’s common to learn them by remembering mnemonic for notes on the lines and in the spaces separately.
For the notes on the lines you can use the phrase:
Every Good Boy Deserves Football.
There are lots of other phrases you can use too like: Every Green Bus Drives Fast – or: Elephants Go Bouncing Down Freeways.
It makes it a little easier to remember the notes but you could come up with your own if you prefer.
Next, we have the notes in the spaces:
Thankfully these notes spell out a very easy to remember word: F A C E – You shouldn’t have too much difficulty memorising these ones.
Treble clef notes quiz and flashcards
Below we’ve got a quick quiz to test yourself on how well you know all the notes in the treble clef.
If you need a bit more practice then you could use some treble clef flashcards that you can print out. Try these ones from Opus Music or these from Teachers Pay Teachers (they’re also free but you’ll have to sign up for an account).