The Treble or G Clef
The Treble clef is the symbol that show the notes that are higher pitched. (Treble means high pitch.) The G or treble clef has gone through many transformations through time. See here how it has changed:
As you can see, the clef was originally the letter "G", but became stylized into the familiar symbol we use today. The treble clef is also called the G clef since it "circles" around the line where the note treble G is.
G is on the second line where the clef makes a swirl.
So, if you know the music alphabet; A,B,C,D,E,F,G forward and backward, and you now know that the treble clef show us G; you actually know all the rest of the notes as well!
Ascending note names go forward in the alphabet A B C D E F G, descending go backward, G F E D C B A.
- So the note one step higher than G is... A (since G is the last letter used). The next... B. And so on.
- The note one step lower than G is... F, then E and so on.
If you use syllable names (Do, Re, Mi etc) here is a quick translation:
C=Do, D=Re, E=Mi, F=Fa, G=Sol, A=La, B=Si/Ti