In musical notation, a symbol at the beginning of a staff that determines the pitches of the lines and spaces. The most common clefs are treble (4) for indicating pitches mostly above middle C and bass (9;) for indicating pitches mostly below middle C.
The symbol used at the beginning of a staff to indicate which lines and spaces represent which notes. In modern practice,only three clefs are commonly used, the G clef or treble clef, the F clef or bass clef, and the C clef, when used as an alto clef.
A sign often found at the beginning of each line of written music, and used to fix the position of middle C on the staff . The common forms are the treble and the bass clef. To avoid using too many ledger lines, the clefs are often adjusted to suit the range of particular instruments. In general the higher the range of the instrument, the lower the position of middle C on the staff. Hence the alto clef, where middle C is the centre line, is used for the viola because the middle of its range is from around middle C to the octave above. The range of the cello is lower, so the tenor clef where middle C is higher on the staff is used. Conversely, the violin's middle range is from G above middle C to an octave above that, so middle C is placed below the treble staff.
In standard notation, the sign or symbol that fixes the location of a particular note on the staff and, hence, the location of all other notes. The most common clefs are the G or treble clef and the F or bass clef. Other clefs may set relative pitches (e.g., do clef).
A symbol placed at the beginning of the staff to indicate the pitch of the notes on the staff. The most commonly used clefs in choral music are the G, or treble, clef and the F or bass clef . On the keyboard, all the notes above middle C are said to be in the G clef; all the notes below middle C in the F clef.
A clef (from the French for "key") is a musical symbol used to indicate the pitch of written notes.* Placed on one of the lines at the beginning of the staff, it indicates the name and pitch of the notes on that line. This line serves as a reference point by which the names of the notes on any other line or space of the staff may be determined.