What is a Clef Cleaner?

If you are a musician you probably know that a “clef” is the symbol used to indicate the name of written notes. It is French for “key” and is called “Schlüssel” in Germany, “sleutel” in the Netherlands and “nøkkel” in Norway.

I want to “clean” and improve music notation once and for all. Today, four different clefs remain in use; the G-clef (or treble clef), the F-clef (or bass clef) and the C-clef (as alto or tenor clef). Only one clef is necessary, and I will prove to you that this is possible and why it’s about time.

Start by reading the introduction, and continue with the argumentation itself. There is also a short summary available by clicking on the language heading in the menu on the left. Your comments and personal experiences are welcome, in both the comments section of each page and via email.

If you find this intriguing, you can help by spreading the word. Start discussions with your friends, colleagues and fellow musicians. And more importantly; discuss it with your teachers/professors if you are studying music.

I would be very grateful for any help translating these pages into other languages, as I want to reach as many people as possible.

- Christian Koksvik