Topic outline

  • With this course you can practise:

    • Notes on G clef
    • Octave naming

    Recommended to study before this course:

    • Notes 1D

  • Note names and octave naming

    Note names

    In English- and Dutch-speaking regions, pitch classes are typically represented by the first seven letters of the Latin alphabet (A, B, C, D, E, F and G). A few European countries, including Germany, adopt an almost identical notation, in which H substitutes for B. (Wikipedia)

    Names: C D E F G A B 

    Notes on stave

    A clef is a musical symbol used to indicate the pitch of written notes. Placed on a stave, it indicates the name and pitch of the notes on one of the lines. This line serves as a reference point by which the names of the notes on any other line or space of the stave may be determined. (Wikipedia)

    In the example below are notes located on the four most common clefs (treble, alto, tenor, bass). Octave naming is also included.


  • G clef

  • Octave naming on G clef

    Most common octave on G glef is the 1-line octave. Above it is 2-line, 3-line and 4-line octave etc. 

    To avoid too many ledger lines the 8va (ottava) symbol is often used on 3-line and 4-line octaves. The note should be played an octave higher than without it.

    Below 1-line octave is small and great octave.

    The 8vb (ottava bassa) -symbol is sometimes used below the staff.