Music Theory - Treble Clef (Understanding & Identifying Notes)

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this video is for those who are new to

the treble clef and for those who are

looking for a refresher in helping to

identify notes on the treble clef stave

whatever reason you're here you've

probably seen the five lines on which

the musical notes sit this is called the

stave until a clef is placed at the very

beginning of the stave and there's loads

of clef to choose from we do not know

what to call the notes placed on the


for example this note is C if I use this

unusual looking clef but it is a D if I

use this one therefore the use of a clef

is absolutely essential to always make

sure you add a clef at the start of the

stave and each subsequent line we're

concentrating on the treble clef so

let's pop one at the start of our stave

it's also known as the G clef as it

wraps itself around the line which is

the note chain which I've highlighted in

red here now that you've put a clef at

the start of the stave we are now ready

to learn the no names the first thing to

recognize is that notes can either sit

in a space that's the space between two

lines like the two lines I've

highlighted here like this or notes are

attached to a line like this let's look

at the notes in the spaces first

in the first base at the bottom is F the

next space up is a the next space up is

C and the final space is e notes in the

space is helpfully spell out the word

face the notes on the lines starting

from the bottom are as follows e then G

B D and F unfortunately these letters

don't spell a word

so musicians use a phrase to help them

remember the order the most common

phrase I hear is every good boy deserves

football but I've heard many more such

as every green bus drives fast you get

the idea so feel free to come up with

your own helpful phrase if you prefer

let's put all of these notes onto just


stave now you may be aware that in music

we only use the letters ABCDE F and G

this is sometimes known as the musical

alphabet when we get to G we go back to

the beginning of the alphabet

hey there for his of the G and as we've

reached the end of the musical alphabet

the note after it is an A this pattern

then continues so if I added this note

as it sits after the F we take the next

note in the musical alphabet which is G

the pattern also goes backwards as well

if I added this note as it is before the

e we take the previous note off the

musical alphabet so it's a D before we

go any further just be aware that on

this stave I've only shown the note

names below crotchets or quarter notes

you're probably where that notes come in

all different shapes like these it

doesn't matter what the note looks like

the important thing to notice is where

the note head is sitting that's the sort

of black blob on the crotchet or a

quarter note so we already know that the

first note is an F as the note head is

sitting in the bottom space of the stave

the next note will also be an F as it's

noted is sitting in the same space the

next note would also be an F and so will

this one the important thing to remember

is no matter what type of note sits in

the space it'll always be an F when

using treble clef

before we look at treble clef notes

above and below those on screen I'm just

gonna move all of these notes to the top

of the screen you can pause this video

at any time and you can use the stave of

notes to help you check any of the notes

we've looked at so far

firstly let's move the notes on the

lines remember every good boy deserves

football and then the notes in the

spaces these helpfully spell face and

finally the D and the G which we looked

at a few moments ago music doesn't just

stop at the top G of the stave the

pattern keeps on rising but as we've run

out of lines on the stave we add what we

call ledger lines to notes these are

small little lines which help musicians

interpret notes above and below the

stave this is an A remember after G we

go back to the beginning of the musical

alphabet hence this is an A you can see

that there is a line that cuts through

it this is a ledger line the ledger line

acts like an additional line above the

stave but rather than drawing the full

line we use it just for the notes that

need them we can use the same ledger

line for the note B see how the note

head sits above the ledger line whereas

for a the ledger line cuts through the

middle we can keep going here is a C now

we've had to add another ledger line so

that the highest ledger line cuts

through the note head any guesses to

what this note would be well it's a day

as it comes after the C now there's no

limit to how many ledger lines you can

use but anymore than let's say four or

five it can make the music a little

tricky to read let's add these notes to

our list at the top of the screen we can

also use ledger lines below the stave so

this note below the D is C notice that

we've added a ledger line that's also

very important otherwise the note would

just appear as if it's floating below

the stave in fact this is actually a

very important C it's known as middle C

now why don't you worry about this now

but it will help you in other music

theory work if you remember that this is

middle C a note below this is B notice

had the note head sits below the ledger

line and finally an A would require an

additional ledger line so before we


these last few notes to our list at the

top of the screen and a quick reminder

of how to find the first few notes on

the treble clef firstly remember that

the notes in the spaces they spell face

whereas the notes on the lines require

you to remember a phrase like every good

boy deserves football once you remember

these two handy tips you'll be able to

work out all the other notes in no time

I do hope that this video has been

useful to you good luck with reading

notes on the treble clef and thanks for