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Musical Tips

Below you will find some great musical tips to help you with your lessons:


 Where should a treble clef be positioned?

A treble clef (sometimes known as the G clef) tells you that the note G is on the second line from the bottom of the staff. See how the curly part of the treble clef wraps around that line?


Instruments that generally use this clef include:

  • Saxophone
  • Trumpet
  • Clarinet
  • Flute


 Where should a bass clef be positioned?

A bass clef (sometimes known as the F clef), tells you that F is located on the fourth line from the bottom of the staff. Similar to the treble clef the bass clef also has a little curly thing that wraps around the line designated for F in this case.


Instruments that generally use this clef include:

  • Tuba
  • Trombone
  • Baritone
  • Bass


How long should a stem be?

Normally, the length of a note's stem in music notation should be three and a half spaces. An easier way to work out stem length though, is that wherever the pitch position of the note-head on the stave (staff), the stem needs to go up or down an octave. When the note-head is positioned with two ledger (leger) lines or more, the stem always extends to the middle line of the stave (staff).