Visualizing Intervals and Mnemonics

by anonymous

Every Good Boy Does FIne

Every Good Boy Does FIne

Every Good Boy Does FIne Good Boys Do Fine Always Face   :-) All Cows Eat Grass

I'll pretend this is a standard treble clef staff. A treble clef has lines with the notes EGBDF. I remember this with "Every Good Boy Does Fine" The names of the spaces spell FACE. This is sometimes called the G clef because the curl of the treble clef wraps around the G line.


A bass clef has lines with notes GBDFA, spaces are ACEG. Good Boys Do Fine Always and All Cows Eat Grass. This is sometimes called the F clef because the two dots on the bass clef mark the F line.


Anyway, it occurred to me that notes on any two lines together are thirds; G and B, for example. And a line and space would be seconds. Because I know the scales well, I think, "Oh, since it's the space above the G, it's G's second, A." In short, the space between two notes correlates with intervals, which makes it easier for me to read than the mnemonics.

Reading Alfred's Basic Piano Book, Level 1B, on a page discussing intervals, helped spark this insight. I'm no expert musician, I hasten to add as a disclaimer.

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Jan 06, 2014
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I hope it was December First......
by: Brian Rounsifer

Instead of EVERY GOOD BOY DESERVES FUDGE...
We live in a diabetic society.
Every child born after the year 2000
had a one in three chance of getting diabetes.
How about if we do the treble clef lines
ELVIS' GUITAR BROKE DECEMBER FIRST

And how about GREAT BIG DOGS FIGHT ANIMALS

That might be a little to violent for
Little Johnny.

How about GOT BEATLES DVD FEATURING ABBEYROAD?
I made that up.
You can use it.

Brian Rounsifer
brianmusic@yahoo.com

Dec 31, 2013
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Separation in Bass and Treble
by: GeoWulf

I kept getting mixed up with the "Every Good Boy Does Fine " and "Good Boys Do Fine Always" because they are too similar. So I took the tip of another teacher who teaches that the BASS CLEF lines could also be Green Birds Don't Fly Away. This image fits more with the theme of cows and grass which reminds me that I am in the BASS CLEF and differentiates me from the TREBLE CLEF theme of obedient young men.

Maybe this will help others also.

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