What's the meaning of the F clef »

F clef

This page is about the meaning, origin and characteristic of the symbol, emblem, seal, sign, logo or flag: F clef.

F clef

The line or space between the dots in this clef denotes F below middle C, or approximately 175 Hz.

Positioned here, it makes the second line from the top of the staff F below middle C, and is called a "bass clef." This clef appears nearly as often as the treble clef, especially in choral music, where it represents the bass and baritone voices. Middle C is the 1st ledger line above the stave here. The shape of the clef comes from a stylised upper-case-F (which used to be written the reverse of the modern F)

Graphical characteristics:
Asymmetric, Open shape, Colorful, Contains both straight and curved lines, Has crossing lines.

Category: Musical Symbols.

F clef is part of the Clefs group.

More symbols in Clefs:

A clef (French: clef; “key”) is a musical symbol used to indicate the pitch of written notes. Placed on one of the lines at the beginning of the stave, it indicates the name and pitch of the notes o… read more »

More symbols in Musical Symbols:

Modern musical symbols are the marks and symbols that are widely used in western musical scores, styles, and instruments today. This is intended to be a comprehensive guide to the various symbols enc… read more »

Have a discussion about F clef with the community:

Citation

Use the citation below to add this symbol to your bibliography:

Style:MLAChicagoAPA

"F clef." Symbols.com. STANDS4 LLC, 2017. Web. 19 Nov. 2017. <http://www.symbols.com/symbol/f-clef>.

We need you!

Are we missing an important symbol in this category?