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. 

Also Known As:

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


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Musical Articulation:
◦ staccato
◦ tie
◦ arpeggiato
◦ accentato


Volume Commands & Symbols:


Common French Musical Terms:


◦ à l’aise
◦ doucement
◦ en ralentissant
◦ mi-doux
◦ très vite


German Musical Commands:


◦ anschwellend
◦ lebhaft
◦ geschwind
◦ fröhlich
◦ schnell


Related Glossaries

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