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What is the meaning behind bass clef lines and spaces?

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The bass clef staff is a lower register than the common treble clef; where the treble clef places middle C one ledger line below the staff, the bass clef places middle C one ledger line above the staff. The lines and spaces represent different notes for the instrument to play.

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Starting from the bottom of the staff, the bass clef line notes are G, B, D, F and A. This leaves the spaces as A, C, E and G. Common mnemonic devices to remember these notes are "Good Boys Do Fine Always" and "All Cows Eat Grass." Bass clefs, when playing the concert B flat scale, start an octave lower at B flat on the second line on the staff.

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