• The treble clef is a symbol placed at the beginning of a staff of music to indicate to a performer the pitches of notes in the staff. It is also known as the G clef, because its lower inside loop wraps around the G line of the staff.


    The treble clef, originally known as the violin clef, is the only existing G clef. The other G clef, known as the French violin clef, fell out of use.

    Mnemonic Devices

    The notes on the lines on the treble clef are EGBDF. Beginner musicians remember this with phrases like "every good boy deserves fudge." The notes on the spaces are FACE and are remembered as "face."


    An octave clef is a treble clef with a figure 8 symbol above or below it to indicate a higher or lower change in octave. The double treble clef also indicates to the performer to play an octave lower.


    The treble clef is used for a variety of instruments, including the clarinet, saxophone, banjo, violin, oboe, trumpet and English horn. It is used for the upper parts of instruments like the piano, organ and harp and the highest notes on the cello and trombone among others.


    Treble clef notes are higher than bass clef notes. Musicians can transpose bass clef notes to treble clef notes by moving them up by a third.

    Fun Fact

    Universal Studio's Islands of Adventure opened its Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit roller coaster in 2009. It features the Treble Clef, the world's first non-inverted loop, in the shape of the symbol.


    Virginia Tech Department of Music: Treble Clef

    Ultimate Rollercoaster: Universal Orlando Opens Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit Roller Coaster

    More Information:

    Auburn University: Music Theory Basics

  • A musical symbol that helps you read and play music

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