I had a music theory class today at our church. The choir director has offered this class to help the choir members with timing, notes and reading music. As I’ve mentioned earlier, I was in our junior & high school band and played piano when I was younger, so I am able to read music. Since it has been a long long time since I’ve actually had to play a note on any instrument, I learned a couple of things tonight.
The Treble Clef is also known as the G-Clef, because the loop of the clef, goes around the G staff. And I always thought it was because it looked like a “G”.
The Bass Clef is also known as the F-Clef, because the dark part of the curl starts on the F staff. Then one dot goes above and one dot goes below the F staff. Amazing … I never new this. If I did, it is locked away in the back of the maze in my brain.
Now, for the coolest thing I learned today – I have always had trouble reading the Bass Clef or in piano, the line that the left hand plays. The notes were in different places, etc … however, she compared the Treble Clef and the Bass Clef in such a way, that I was able to wrap my brain around it and understand. The Bass Clef notes are always one line or one space below the treble clef notes. (for treble clef notes a B would be on the 3rd staff or line, for bass clef notes a B would be on the 2nd staff line.) WOOHOO!!! Such a revelation to one who has struggled with the Bass Clef for …. way too many years!!
This is a 5 week class and I am so looking forward to each one.
Yes, it is the little things that excite me! So, old dog, new trick … it can be done!