Bass Clef Notes


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In the bass clef, the names of the four spaces, bottom to top, are A, C, E, and G.  The acronym All Cars Eat Gas (or All Cows Eat Grass) can be used to learn the bass clef space note names.



mouse Hover your mouse over each space note below to view the note name and see the acronym.


space A C E G

The names of the five lines are G, B, D, F, and A. The acronym of bass clef lines is Great Big Dogs Fight Animals.




mouse Hover your mouse over each line note below to view the note name and see the acronym.

lines G B D F A

Just like treble clef, notice how when all of the notes on the staff are listed in order, the alphabet appears!


You can learn the notes that are above the staff simply by continuing the alphabet pattern alternating lines and spaces. For example, the space directly above the A on the top line will be a B, since B comes after A in the alphabet. The line above this B (which is called a ledger line because it's been added to the staff), would be a C.

This pattern can also help you figure out the lower notes underneath the written staff. The lowest note seen above is a G, which is the bottom line. The space underneath the bottom line would be an F, because F comes before G in the alphabet. If we add a ledge line underneath that F, the note would be an E, since E comes before F in the alphabet.