F-clef

An F-clef on the piano's bass staff.
The F-clef wraps around the F line on the bass staff. Image © Brandy Kraemer

Meaning of F-Clef

The F-clef is another term for the bass staff, which is the large musical symbol at the beginning of the piano’s bottom staff (or bass staff). It is called the F-clef because its top curl and two dots highlight the staff's F line (see image).

Notes on the bass staff fall around middle C and below, and, for the most part, are played with the left hand. A smaller F-clef may appear temporarily on the to indicate a switch into the bass register.

The treble equivalent of this term is the G-clef.

 

More bass staff information:

 

Synonyms of F-Clef:

 

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