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Lines and Spaces
As will all of the Clefs in Music Notation, the Treble Clef Stave consists of 5 lines and 4 spaces.
The 5 lines in the Treble Clef, from bottom to top, are named E G B D and F.
The 4 spaces in the Treble Clef, from bottom to top, are named F A C E.
In the beginning stages, it is sometimes helpful for learners to use a mnemonic to help them remember the lines and spaces.
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- The spaces are easily remembered because they spell the word FACE (from bottom to top).
- The Treble Clef is so named due to it representing notes found in the higher (Treble) register (range).
- The word Treble is borrowed from Old French treble (“triple”), which comes from Latin triplus (“threefold, triple”).
- Clef comes from Middle French clef (“key”), which comes from Latin (“key”). Clef also dates back to Proto-Indo-European *klau (“hook”).