Clef is a French word, meaning Key.
Clef is defined as a symbol placed at the commencement [beginning] of a stave [staff] which indicates
the pitch of a musical note and also fixes the letter names of the lines and spaces.
At this level, we shall consider the two major clefs which are also in common use.
Kinds of clef
Treble clef or G clef; this clef starts from the second line of the stave which is called G, and curls round it.
When G clef is placed on a stave or staff, the stave automatically becomes a treble stave.Treble stave consist of five parallel lines and four spaces as shown below.The lines and spaces have namehich are taken from the seven letters of the alphabets; A B C D E F G called musical alphabets.
Treble Lines E G B D F Every good boy deserves favour.
Treble Spaces F A C E Fanta and cake every day.
Treble or G clef
Bass or F clef:
Bass clef starts on the fourth line of the Bass stave . when this symbol is placed on a stave, it becomes the name of that stave.
Bass stave consist of five horizontal [parallel] lines and four spaces. The lines and spaces of bass stave
Bass lines G B D F A Good boy deserves fanta always
Bass spaces A C E G All cows eat grass.
1 Define the word clef 2 Identify the main kinds of clef.3 Write two functions of a clef on the stave [staff]