For most piano students, the Treble Clef is the first to learn. All piano tutors start teaching this Clef, regardless of the method they use or the technical approach as when it comes to reading music, everyone does almost the same thing: starting with the Treble clef as the first approach to reading the notes, then, the Bass Clef.
This method presents the Bass clef and “the difficult” one, but if we think it deeper, it is very far from the truth. It is just another clef!
The only thing that makes it “difficult” is the perception. Let’s ponder about this: once we get familiarized with the treble Clef, and we think that we have conquered the music reading, the piano teacher comes with a new one! Well, as I said before, it is a matter of perception. In fairness, in music, there are Seven clefs in total:
Treble, Soprano, Mezzo-Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Baritone and finally, the Bass Clef.
The fact is as the piano has the most amount of notes, we use the extreme clefs, the highest (Treble Clef) and the lowest (Bass clef)
THE BASS CLEF
You might probably be surprised to know about how many instruments use this Clef. Among the string family, we have the Cello and the Double Bass; among the Brass family, the Tuba, the Trombone and the Euphonium. Finally, among the woodwinds, the Bassoon, Contrabassoon use this Clef as well. Even the Timpani, which belongs to the percussion family, use it!
HOW CAN WE READ IT?
In Ana’s article, she gives as handy tips: “The Bass clef looks very similar to the Treble Clef. However, it has a different shape, and the notes are displaced, this means that F will stand in a line, instead of in space as with the Treble Clef. Start with memorizing the notes in the spaces and then learn the notes present in the lines. Many pianists use different hints to remember them such as acronyms like “Any Cow Eats Grass” that stands for notes A, C E and G present in the spaces. For the notes present in the lines we would use “Grizzly Bears Dance For All”, which represent the notes G, B, D and F present in the lines“.
Another good tip is to remember that our Middle C will be placed this time in the first ledger line above the staff.