The bass clef is used by instruments that play in lower registers. As a tuba player and bass guitarist, I spend a lot of time reading the bass clef. Other instruments that use the bass clef include the trombone, cello, double bass, bassoon, and piano.
In my tips for learning the treble clef, I mentioned that the treble clef is called the G clef because the clef circles the line that indicates G. The bass clef also has an indicator. There are two dots to the right of the bass clef that look like a colon (:). The line in between those two dots is the F below middle C. That’s why the bass clef is also called the F clef.
The spaces for the bass clef from bottom to top are A, C, G, and E. For this, use the age old “All Cows Eat Grass.”
From bottom to top, the notes of the lines in bass clef are G, B, D, F, and A. The mnemonic device I recommend for learning the lines of the bass clef is “Get Big Dirty Feet Always” (this goes with Elephants Get Big Dirty Feet for the lines of treble clef). I prefer this to the outdated “Good Boys Do Fine Always,” because I believe boys and girls both can be good whether or not they do fine.
There you have it. Get Big Dirty Feet Always. All Cows Eat Grass.
Why is the bass clef called the F Clef?