Our Favourite Musical Mnemonics

Mnemonics are patterns and systems to help with memory and are often used in music. Here are some of our favourites:

Learning notes on the stave

Treble Clef Lines: Every Green Bus Drives Fast
Treble Clef Spaces: F A C E

Bass Clef Lines: Good Boys Deserve Football Always
Bass Clef Spaces: All Cows Eat Grass

Learning the order of Sharps and Flats

Sharps: Father Charles Goes Down And Ends Battle
Flats: Battle Ends And Down Goes Charles’s Father


Sharps: Father Christmas Gave Dad An Electric Blanket
Flats: Blanket Explodes And Dad Gets Cold Feet

Learning the open Guitar strings

Elephants And Donkeys Grow Big Ears

or the other way round

Easter Bunnies Get Drunk At Easter

And a fun spelling one…

Rhythm Helps Your Two Hips Move (to help spell rhythm)


There are loads more and you can even make up your own! Let us know below if you think yours is cooler…