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Drawing a Treble Clef

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Knowing what the clef is for will help you to achieve better results when you try to draw it.



The clef is stated to help you to orient yourself on the staff. We'll use the clef when we wish to read or draw notes above middle C.




The treble clef is shaped like letter G If you'll have a look at the shape of the clef you might realize that its belly is shaped like the letter G.

And that's what the treble clef is all about. The belly, located on the second line, determines that a note which is written on the second line will be a G note, the one above middle C.
The treble clef state where G above middle C should be written.

Now here's how to draw the treble clef in a few simple steps:

Drawing a treble clef 1st step1. Get a paper with a staff on it (You can click here to find a free printable blank piano sheet).

A Vertical Line - Now draw a vertical line in the left side of the staff where the treble clef is usually located. Make sure the vertical line is longer then the staff, hanging on both ends.


Drawing a treble clef 2nd step2. The G Letter - What we're gonna do next is draw the letter G starting from the second line. Notice how I set the boundaries of belly to the third line and the bottom line.

Realize that you shouldn't make the belly too wide. It takes some practice.
I continue to curve the line until I reach the end of the letter in the fifth line.
What I'm basically doing is creating a spiral or as some people see it, I draw the number 6.


Drawing a treble clef 3rd step3. Semi Circle - Now I will move to the other side of the horizontal line and curve the line in a semi circle to the edge of the vertical line.


Drawing a treble clef 4th step4. Curved Tail - All I have to do now is add a little curved tail at the bottom of the vertical line.


Drawing a treble clef final resultand Walla, here you go! a beautiful treble clef.


Tips:

1. The clef could be drawn in a few ways. You could start from the tail for example.
The reason I chose to draw it this way is because the vertical line will guarantee that your clef will be in proportions.

Then you'll draw the G letter which keeps you aware of the essence of the clef.

2. The tail is just a common decoration. You could skip it if you're not into tails.

3. When I draw the Clef I usually start from the second line, I draw the spiral and curving at the top then I go down all the way to the tail.

By drawing the clef this way I save some time since I don't have to leave the pen or pencil from the paper. I just draw it smoothly in one time.

4. The clef is originally named the G clef. That's because you can actually set it in different places on the staff and it will tell you that G above middle C should be played.

When the clef is located on the second line we name it treble clef (which is what you're going to see happening in music almost always).

5. As you might have noticed the vertical line in the final drawing is slanted a bit. This is the most common way to draw the clef. So if you're secure about the proportios of the clef you could slant your line as well.

 

 

Exercise

Fill one or two lines on an empty staff of the clef until you feel that you can draw it smoothly in the right proportions.


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