Today in the Blogging A-to-Z challenge we'll take a look at clefs.
Yesterday I introduced the concept of a bass line, but skimmed over how that gets written down. Let's take another look at it:
Take a look at the first symbols on each line. The top one is called the "treble" or G clef:
It's actually a highly-stylized letter G. Notice how it wraps itself around the second line up from the bottom, which is the G line. Thus the name.
The bottom line starts with this symbol, called the "bass" or F clef:
It targets the second line from the top, which is the F line. The top line of that clef is the A below middle C, which is one octave and half the sound frequency of the A on the second space of the treble clef.
Then there's this guy:
This is called the "Alto" clef, which is the most commonly seen of five C clefs. (The others are the "Soprano," "Mezzo-soprano," "Tenor," and "Baritone" clefs.) Unless you play the viola or various wind instruments, you won't see these very often. The C clefs wrap themselves around middle C, which is the imaginary line running between the treble and bass clefs.
The result is that these two A-major scales are exactly identical:
(On Friday the 12th, I'll explain the magic happening right after the clefs that makes these A major and not A minor.)