It is actually a pretty good idea to learn the names of the music notes. Such notes are named according to their pitch. For the concert pitch scale of C major (the scale that only has the white piano keys on it), it consists of 8 notes. In ascending order, they are C D E F G A B C. If one were to go beyond the C at the top, then the cycle will repeat itself again: C D E F G A B C D E F G A B C D E F G A B C. This would also be the same if you were to go below the low C in the scale.

When you come across a note that is higher in pitch with the same name as the one you began with, the higher note is considered to be an octave above the one you initially began with. For example, in C D E F G A B C, the second C note is an octave above the first C note. For a note that is an octave higher than another note, it has a frequency exactly twice that of the note that is am octave lower.

On the treble clef, the notes that fall on the lines in ascending order are E G B D F. This can easily be remembered using the phrase, “Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge” where the first letter of each word represents the name of the note. The empty spaces between the lines, in ascending order, are F A C E which can be remembered easily with the word “FACE”. Hence, if you put them all together, you will get E F G A B C D E for the notes on the treble clef.

For the bass clef, all the note names are being shifted down by two notes. For the notes on the lines, in ascending order, are G B D F A which can be represented by the phrase, “Good Boys Deserve Fudge Always”. As for the notes in the open spaces, they are A C E G and can easily be remembered using the phrase, “All Cows Eat Grass”. Put everything together and you will have G A B C D E F G A.

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