Treble Cleff

A Treble Clef shows the music reader the notes are to be played above middle C. On the piano, this is usually with the right hand.

Lines and Spaces

As will all of the Clefs in Music Notation, the Treble Clef Stave consists of 5 lines and 4 spaces.

Lines

The 5 lines in the Treble Clef, from bottom to top, are named E G B D and F.

Spaces

The 4 spaces in the Treble Clef, from bottom to top, are named F A C E.

Mnemonic

In the beginning stages, it is sometimes helpful for learners to use a mnemonic to help them remember the lines and spaces.

Lines
  • Every Good Boy Does Fine
Spaces
  • The spaces are easily remembered because they spell the word FACE (from bottom to top).

Etymology

  • 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”).