chiave di basso

Chiave di basso in piano music.
Image © Brandy Kraemer, 2015

Definition of Chiave di Basso:

The Italian musical term chiave di basso refers to the first large musical symbol found on the bottom staff, or bass staff, in piano sheet music. Notes of the bass staff are located around middle C and below, and are usually played with the left hand. 

See chiave di sol.


Also Known As:

Musical Symbols:
■ Staff & Barlines
■ The Grand Staff
■ Key Signatures
■ Time Signatures

■ Note Lengths
■ Dotted Notes
■ Music Rests
■ Tempo Commands

■ Accidentals
■ Articulation
■ Dynamics & Volume
■ 8va & Octave Commands

■ Repeat Signs
■ Segno & Coda Signs
■ Pedal Marks
■ Piano Chords

■ Trills
■ Turns
■ Tremolos
■ Glissando
■ Mordents

Beginner Piano Lessons
 ▪  Notes of the Piano Keys
 ▪  The Point Of Double-Sharps
 ▪  Finding Middle C on the Piano
 ▪  Essential Piano Fingering
 ▪  Comparing Major & Minor Chords

Getting Started on Keyboards
 ▪  Sitting Correctly at the Keys
 ▪  Playing Piano vs. Electric Keyboard
 ▪  How to Buy a Used Piano

Piano Chords
 ▪  Chord Types & Symbols in Sheet Music
 ▪  Root Notes & Chord Inversion
 ▪  Diminished Chords & Dissonance
 ▪  Essential Piano Chord Fingering
Piano Care
 ▪  Everyday Piano Care
 ▪  Safely Whiten Your Piano Keys
 ▪  When to Tune a Piano
 ▪  Piano Room Temps & Humidity Levels

Piano Recitals & Performing
 ▪  What to Eat & Drink Before a Performance
 ▪  Concert Etiquette for the Audience
 ▪  Warming Up for a Piano Performance
 ▪  Overcoming Mistakes On Stage

♫ Musical Quizzes!
 ● Identify the Piano Keys
 ● Key Signature Quiz
 ● Note Length & Rest Quiz (U.S. or U.K. English)
 ● Grand Staff Notes Quiz
 ● Time Signature & Rhythm Quiz

Musical Articulation:
 ◦ staccato
 ◦ tie
 ◦ (rfz) rinforzando
 ◦ accentato

Volume Commands & Symbols:
 ◦ (mf) mezzo forte
 ◦ (sfz) sforzando
 ◦ diminuendo
 ◦ al niente
 ◦ (fp) fortepiano

Common French Musical Terms:
 ◦ à l’aise
 ◦ mi-doux

German Musical Commands:
 ◦ anschwellend
 ◦ geschwind
 ◦ schnell

Reading Piano Music
• Note-Lengths in U.K. & U.S. English
• Notes of the Piano Keys
• Memorize the Grand Staff Notes
• Reading Music Rests

Piano Chords
• Easy Bass Piano Chords
• Chord Types & Symbols
• Piano Chord Fingering
• Diminished Chords & Dissonance

Reading Musical Symbols
• Note Accents & Articulation Marks
• How to Play Dotted Notes
• Accidentals & Double-Accidentals
• Reading Segno & Coda Repeats

Beginner Piano Lessons
• Comparing Major & Minor
• Understanding the Key Signature
• Types of Barlines
• BPM & Tempo Commands
• Left Hand Piano Fingering


Piano Care
How to Safely Whiten Your Piano Keys
Learn ivory-safe methods for brightening up your acoustic piano keys, and find out what you can do to prevent keyboard yellowing.

When to Tune a Piano
Find out when (and how frequently) you should schedule a professional piano tuning to keep your piano healthy and on-pitch.

Easy-to-Spot Signs of Piano Damage
Before you buy or sell an acoustic piano, learn how to assess it for both internal and external damage.

Ideal Piano Temp & Humidity Levels
Maintain sound quality and piano health by monitoring the temperature, humidity, and natural light in your piano room.

Musical Articulation:
 ◦ staccato
 ◦ tie
 ◦ (rfz) rinforzando
 ◦ arpeggiato
 ◦ accentato

Volume Commands & Symbols:
 ◦ (mf) mezzo forte
 ◦ (sfz) sforzando
 ◦ diminuendo
 ◦ al niente
 ◦ (fp) fortepiano

Common French Musical Terms:
 ◦ à l’aise
 ◦ doucement
 ◦ en ralentissant
 ◦ mi-doux
 ◦ très vite

German Musical Commands:
 ◦ anschwellend
 ◦ lebhaft
 ◦ geschwind
 ◦ fröhlich
 ◦ schnell

Related Glossaries

 ■ Italian Music Commands

 ■ Essential Piano Music Glossary

 ■ German Musical Terms


How to Start Playing Piano:

• Octave Naming & Pitch Notation
'Pitch class' refers to an octave from one C to the next. In pitch notation, the notes C4, D4, and B4 all belong to the same pitch class (in this example the fourth octave).

• Finding Middle C on Different Keyboard Sizes
It's normal to be confused about the location of middle C, especially on keyboards with fewer than the standard 88 keys. Use this illustrated guide to find middle C and remember its location.


Illustrated Piano Chords:
AbmajAbma7Abma9  |  AbminAbm7Abm9  |  AbdimAb°7  |  AbaugAb+7  |  Absus2Absus4