Bass clef notes :- Names of the notes written on the Bass Staff
Bass notes are written on the Staff which consists of the Bass clef. Bass clef notes are written on the lines as well as in the spaces of the Bass Staff. For a clear understanding of this lesson, you are advised to read the previous lesson on the names of the Treble clef notes.
Names of the Bass clef notes which are written on the Lines:
G is written on the first line, B on the 2nd, D on the third, F on the 4th and A is written on the fifth line. So the pattern is G B D F A. You can remember it easily by memorizing the phrase “Good Boys Don’t Fail At All”.
Names of the Bass clef notes which are written in the Spaces:
A is written in the first space, C is in the 2nd space, E is in the 3rd space and G is in the 4th space. The trick to remember this is to memorize the phrase “All Cows Eat Grass”.
Pattern of the Bass clef notes:
The pattern in which the bass notes are written on the Staff are similar to that of the Treble notes. A goes into the first space, then skip the next note B and then fill the second space with C, then skip the next note D and fill the third space with E, then skip the next note F and fill the fourth space with G. The notes which are skipped in between, that is the notes B, D, F, A are written on the lines of the Bass Staff.
Look at the picture shown above. Where do we write the note which comes after B or where do we write the note which comes before F ? There is no space left in the Stave to write these notes. Ledger lines are used for this purpose.
Ledger lines above the Bass Staff:
Ledger lines which are drawn above the Bass Stave are used to write the higher octave notes coming after B (i.e C, D, E etc).
C is upon the 1st ledger line above the Bass Staff & D is on the space above the 1st ledger line. E is upon the 2nd ledger line above the Bass Staff & F is on the space above the 2nd ledger line.
Ledger Lines below the Bass Staff:
Ledger lines which are drawn below the Bass Staff are used to write the lower octave notes which are before B.
E is upon the 1st ledger line below the Bass Staff & D is on the space below the 1st ledger line. C is upon the 2nd ledger line below the Bass Staff & B is on the space below the 2nd ledger line.
A collection of Bass clef notes :
The image below sums up everything you have read above and shows a collection of bass notes. The middle C is also shown in the picture:
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Also Read : Treble Clef notes