clef de fa

Clef de fa in piano music.
Image © Brandy Kraemer, 2015

Definition of Clef de Fa:

The French musical term clef de fa refers to the first large musical symbol found on the bass staff in piano sheet music. It is named after fa (the F note) because it wraps around the F line. Notes of the bass staff are located around middle C and below.

See clef di sol.

Also Known As:

English)
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● Time Signature & Rhythm Quiz
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
◦ doucement
◦ mi-doux
German Musical Commands:
◦ anschwellend
◦ lebhaft
◦ geschwind
◦ fröhlich
◦ schnell


Reading Piano Music

Volume Commands & Symbols:
◦ (mf) mezzo forte
◦ (sfz) sforzando
◦ diminuendo
◦ al niente
◦ (fp) fortepiano


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