Bass Clef – Reading Music Lesson #12

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The bass clef originated as the letter “F”.

Over time, this letter turned into a much fancier symbol that you can find at the beginning of the music staff.

F-Clef

This is one reason why the bass clef is also called the F-Clef.

The other reason is because this symbol designates the fourth line of the music staff as “F”.

This means that any note that appears on this line will be called “F”.

bass clef

Here’s how…

The fourth line is reserved for the letter name “F” in two ways:

1. On that line, you will see a dot that appears at the start of the ear-shaped symbol.

2. The other two dots on the right hand side straddle the famous fourth line.

Both of these indicators make it very clear that any note sitting on this line will be given the letter name “F”.

By the Way

The notes in the bass clef are used for lower pitched voices and instruments.  The word “bass” in music is pronounced “base” and not like the type of fish you find when you go out fishing.

Now that you know about the bass clef, the next thing we are going to do is learn all the rest of the notes on the bass clef staff. I’ll meet you over at Bass Clef Notes – Reading Music Lesson #13

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One Reply to “Bass Clef – Reading Music Lesson #12”

That’s a great info to know ~ Now I can easily identify the F note on that line =)
Thank you Teresa

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