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Learning to name the notes c,d,e,f,g,a,b and c …etc


Here are some more exercises for you to try at home.  For these ones you will be drawing your own notes and naming them too.

To begin with, draw yourself a stave with a treble clef (also known as the “G” clef).  The stave has five lines (and between the lines there are four spaces)

Treble clef on stave

Exercise 1:

  • Get a blank piece of paper
  • Draw five lines (horizontally)
  • Number the lines 1-5 from the bottom line being numbered 1, up to the top line being numbered 5.
  • Now you have drawn your own “Stave” or “Staff”.  This is your manuscript paper from which you can write up your own music.
  • Draw a treble clef on the far left of the stave

Exercise 2:

  • Get your Manuscript paper (see exercise 1 above).  Notice there are five lines and four spaces.
  • Start with the lines.  Then find the second line from the bottom of the stave.
  • Step 1 – Label the lines, starting with the bottom line, as E (for every).  Then label the line second from the bottom with the letter G (for good).  The third line from the bottom is labelled B (for boy).  The fourth line from the bottom is labelled D (for deserves).  The top (and fifth line from the bottom) is to be labelled F (for food).  To remember the letter names for any notes on a line, you can memorise the saying (E-very G-ood B-oy D-eserves F-ood).
  • Step 2 –  Label the spaces.  Starting with the bottom space, with the letter F.  The second space from the bottom to be labelled A.  The third space C.  And the top space labelled E.  To remember the letter names for notes found in the spaces, you can memorise the spelling for face.  Face is spelt “f”, “a”, “c”, and “e”.
  • Step 3 – Then now you can draw a series of circles which will be your note.  If the circle (your note) is on a line, then the note will be the corresponding, E G B D F.  If the circle is instead in a space, then it will be one of F A C E.
  • Refer to the photo above for further explanation.


Exercise 3:

  • Practise drawing your own stave, and your own treble clef, and your own notes.  Once you have drawn your own notes, then identify what is the letter of that note.  If you have a piano to hand.  Play the notes you have written on the piano.

Naming notes on the keyboard

Finding the note C

Finding the note "F"


  1. Interesting. I learned it as “Every Good Boy Does Fine.” Seeing as how I have a piano sitting in the other room collecting dust, I shall probably be following your blog to remedy that. Thank you! 🙂

  2. alice letts says:

    Thanks Amethyst. Yes there are some variations out there. Another one I’ve heard too is “Every Green Bus Drives Fast”. Its good to have a choice isn’t it. We can each choose whichever one we find easier to remember. I agree, it seems a shame to let a piano collect dust! Definitely time to get back into it again 😉

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