What is Treble? Everything You Need to Know

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Treble – What is it?

Treble is the phenomenon you are hearing if you hear a doubled sound. It appears when a player frets not only strings you hear but also strings you don't hear.

Strumming the open high e string (and the d string) and then plucking and fretting the B string will not produce a treble. However, strumming the open E string (and the D string) and then plucking and fretting the B string will produce a treble.

A treble is not in a specific place on the fretboard. It can be anywhere on the guitar where both strings are fretted.

What is Bass?

When people hear some catchy beat, they start tapping their feet. This is a form of subconscious reaction to musical rhythms. But have you ever wondered why is it that you keep tapping only your right foot?

The fact of the matter is that our body is trained to react to certain sounds more than others. This happens because of certain rhythms and frequencies that are deeply engrained in our brain.

The pitch of the music and the frequency is measured by Hertz (Hz). The number rating indicates the number of times the sound is repeated over a period of a second.

For example, a 100 Hz sound is repeated 100 times every second.

What is Mid?

The terms bass, treble and mid are used to describe the frequency of a note or vibration of a sound. A sound is made up of many frequencies at the same time and these are often denoted as a range such as 20 Hz to 20,000 Hz (hertz). A single frequency is termed as one Hertz (Hz). Mid is a term commonly used to describe a frequency between bass and treble, and most instruments produce sounds with frequencies in this area. For example, a piano plays in the middle range, a guitar between bass and mid, and the human voice sits in the mid-range. The term treble is commonly used in relation to high frequency sounds, as opposed to mid.

The terms bass and mid are also often used in relation to the range of notes produced by a musical instrument. The bass range of an instrument is the lowest notes it can produce, and the treble range the highest. For example, on a piano, the bass range is the notes produced when the pedal is pressed, and the treble range is the top few notes on the piano keyboard. It is also worth noting that not all instruments produce sound in the same frequency ranges, so it is important to check what the limits of the instrument you are looking to buy are.

Is Treble the Highest Frequency?

If you don’t have a musical background, you can skip this section!

Treble is something you regularly see and hear in your daily life with your eyes and ears.

We will often see treble in music, audio recordings, and guitar strings. That’s why you will see the word treble all over your guitar.

Treble describes the range of higher frequencies within a musical composition. It refers to the first notes of a piece of music, usually right after the bass has finished. The following melodic material occurs in this range.

The treble clef is used to write notes above middle-C. If you are a guitarist or other string instrument player, you will know that the highest string on most string instruments is called the treble (or G) string.

So, you can say that treble is the highest frequency. The highest and loudest frequencies come from the treble.


Treble is a keyword in chord progressions. It’s the first note of each part of a three-note chord. Take a C chord for example, in the key of A. The notes in a C chord are C E G, so the treble notes are C and E.

A common chord progression is a I IV V chord progression.

A one-chord lead using the I chord would then be an I “, while a two-chord lead would be a I IV V.

A three-chord lead could also use the I IV V, but it could also use the VI “ chord.

The VI “ chord is rarely used for three chord leads, but if you wanted to use it, you would have the choice of the VI “ C “ E chord or the VI “ C “ E “ G chord.

There are a couple of reasons why the VI “ chord is not used common as the three-chord lead.

The main reason is probably because the VI “ chord doesn’t have a third. Therefore using it to lead into the I chord gives your lead a stronger pull.