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FDP Forum / Rock-it 88's - Keyboard Forum / Reading bass clef- some help for my old Dad?

vomer
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Apr 25th, 2016 03:00 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

My Dad is 82 and has been learning to play guitar and piano. He started on the guitar some years ago and can read treble clef perfectly because of that. But since starting to learn piano he is struggling to get his head around reading bass clef.

A couple of aids to memory for reading the bass clef he does have is that "the whole thing is a ladder, and that there is a two note difference between the clefs."

But he is struggling to remember, it might just be age, or more practice needed, but I offered to ask for him if there were any tips or advice anyone could give. Thanks.



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Apr 26th, 2016 04:34 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

When I've been away from the piano for a while, I just focus in on middle C being the first ledger line above the bass staff and an octave below that being on the second space from the bottom. Once I've got that fixed in my mind, I can see the other notes in terms of intervals.

vomer
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Apr 28th, 2016 11:02 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks Te, I'll pass that on.

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Apr 28th, 2016 11:20 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

the base clef is also called the F clef because it looks like an F

between the 2 dots is the F line

Basic Bass Clef Lesson

vomer
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May 1st, 2016 08:19 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Ah, I remember that from the far distant past of music lessons in school. I'll mention that as well, thanks gman.

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Feb 27th, 2017 07:38 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I always remember using the below, just take the first letter from each word, works well with my kids as well.

For the Lines

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Apr 20th, 2017 11:34 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I just remember the sequence G-B-D-F-A

After a while you will make a connection between the lines and where on the piano those lines are.

The other thing that helps is understanding what key a piece is written and that key's corresponding sharps/flats.

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