Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Learning To Play Pieces Using The Bass Clef

When you are learning to play an instrument such as the bassoon,bass recorder, double bass, bass guitar or piano you are learning to read and play notes using the bass clef.

The bass clef is the sign at the beginning of each line of the piece of music.

When you are learning to play play pieces using the bass clef you also learn other musical notation, reading the notes and rests and how to play the notes on the given instrument.

Please refer to the article Learning To Play Pieces Using The Treble Clef for information on basic notation, reading the notes on the page, reading the rests on the page and How to Play the Notes on the Chosen Instrument. This of course is related to the treble clef. I will explain the bass clef sections now.

Reading The Notes On The Page:

Remember that there are:
~ notes written on lines called line notes.
~ notes written between the lines called space notes.

To help remember the notes you can use the following as a guide:

You form a sentence and use the first letter of each word to represent the note name.

Line Notes: The note names from the bottom line upwards are G B D F A

So a Sentence could be Good Boys Deserve Fruit Always

Space Notes:
The note names from the lowest space upwards is A C E G

The a Sentence could be All Cows Eat Grass

You can always make up your own.

How To Play The Notes On The Chosen Instrument:

As with the treble clef instruments you will need to follow the guidance of a tutor book yourself, teacher or the internet with an online course eg Piano.

This is just a brief outline of learning to play pieces using the bass clef.

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