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:

Musical Symbols:
Staff & Barlines
The Grand Staff
Key Signatures
Time Signatures
Note Lengths
Dotted Notes
Music Rests
Tempo Commands
Dynamics & Volume
8va & Octave Commands
Repeat Signs
Segno & Coda Signs
Pedal Marks
Piano Chords

Beginner Piano Lessons
▪  Notes of the Piano Keys
▪  The Point Of Double-Sharps
▪  Finding Middle C on the Piano
▪  Essential Piano Fingering
▪  Comparing Major & Minor Chords
Getting Started on Keyboards
▪  Sitting Correctly at the Keys
▪  Playing Piano vs. Electric Keyboard
▪  How to Buy a Used Piano
Piano Chords
▪  Chord Types & Symbols in Sheet Music
▪  Root Notes & Chord Inversion
▪  Diminished Chords & Dissonance
▪  Essential Piano Chord Fingering
Piano Care
▪  Everyday Piano Care
▪  Safely Whiten Your Piano Keys
▪  When to Tune a Piano
▪  Piano Room Temps & Humidity Levels
Piano Recitals & Performing
▪  What to Eat & Drink Before a Performance
▪  Concert Etiquette for the Audience
▪  Warming Up for a Piano Performance
▪  Overcoming Mistakes On Stage
♫ Musical Quizzes!
● Identify the Piano Keys
● Key Signature Quiz
● Note Length & Rest Quiz (U.S. or U.K. English)
● Grand Staff Notes Quiz
● 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

• Note-Lengths in U.K. & U.S. English
• Notes of the Piano Keys
• Memorize the Grand Staff Notes
• Reading Music Rests
Piano Chords
• Easy Bass Piano Chords
• Chord Types & Symbols
• Piano Chord Fingering
• Diminished Chords & Dissonance
Reading Musical Symbols
• Note Accents & Articulation Marks
• How to Play Dotted Notes
• Accidentals & Double-Accidentals
• Reading Segno & Coda Repeats
Beginner Piano Lessons
• Comparing Major & Minor
• Understanding the Key Signature
• Types of Barlines
• BPM & Tempo Commands
• Left Hand Piano Fingering

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

■ Italian Music Commands
■ Essential Piano Music Glossary
■ German Musical Terms

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