Need clef help

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by coolpie, Jan 9, 2014.


  1. coolpie

    coolpie

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    hey guys, i have a problem and i thought the best place to go is here. so i have been playing bass for a year, but i would just read tabs and jam with friends. this year i am required to play bass in jazz band and concert band. this is requiring me to learn bass clef. i know treble clef because naturally i play sax and clarinet. i just need to know what the best way to approch bass clef is.
    -Andrew:bassist:
  2. John Wentzien

    John Wentzien

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    Bass clef...also known as "F" clef....if you notice the 2 dots in the clef sign are around the F note on the staff...treble clef is also a "G" clef...the curly portion surrounds the "G" note...The notes are in the same sequence on both...
  3. belacqua16

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  4. Jamerman

    Jamerman

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    I always just learnt the space between the bottom two lines is an A on bass clef, on treble it's a F, and then you just sort of work the others out. Although not a lot of people do it like that so you might wanna listen to the other guys first
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  6. MalcolmAmos

    MalcolmAmos Supporting Member

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    Lines - Good Boys Do Fine Always.

    Spaces - All Cows Eat Grass. Never have come up with something for the B except it's the space note below "middle" C.

    The D in the middle of the clef is my visual home base. Of course where those notes are located, and which octave is the fly speck in, comes with practice. Speaking of practice take some sheet music with you and read when you have a moment. IMO you gotta know the name of the fly speck first. Next is where will you find that on your fretboard. After that hopefully see the fly speck and your fingers don't need to know the name they just go to the fretboard where that note is located.

    After that slow down and get the correct beat, or note duration, for the fly speck. Little baby steps.

    Good luck.

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