I am teaching my younger kids some basic music theory. Right now, we are learning about clefs. We have identified G clef, F clef, and C clef, and talked about why they are given those names. I have a couple of quick tips for learning the G clef, which I will refer to from here forward as the treble clef.
Above is a picture of the treble clef. To begin with, notice the line that is G4. That note is the G above middle C. Notice how the treble clef sort of circles the G4 line. To draw the treble clef correctly, the clef must circle that second line from the bottom line to indicate G. It is called the G clef because it designates the placement of G.
To quickly memorize the note names of every line on the treble left, it helps to use a mnemonic device. I suggest using “Elephants Get Big Dirty Feet.” My kids really like this one and it is easy for them to remember. There is a commonly used (and in my opinion, dated) mnemonic device that is “Every Good Boy Does Fine.” That one is not as easy to remember because it really doesn’t make sense. A boy can be doing poorly and still be good. So, from the bottom line going up, “Elephants Get Big Dirty Feet.” Easy, peasy.
The spaces are simple. From the bottom up, F-A-C-E.
Now we know the notes for the treble clef.
Do you remember why it is called the G clef?