Reading ledger line notes seems like an overwhelming task. Whose idea was it to attach tiny little lines with notes to the music staff anyways?
I’m not sure I can answer that question, but I do know that we need more notes to create music than what can be held on the staff alone.
The five lines and four spaces of the music staff simply can’t hold them all.
This problem is solved by adding ledger lines. Notes are placed on the ledger lines creating ledger line notes. They extend both above and below the staff.
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Which staff are you talking about? Well, you can find ledger line notes in all staves.
However, we are going to mainly focus on the treble clef and bass clef since that is what most people read.
My purpose here is to point out a few things in common between the treble clef and bass clef ledger lines.
Now, get ready for this easy short cut that is about to make your life a little bit easier.
If you look at the note C in the treble and bass clef, you will notice something similar. Two ledger lines above treble clef is C. Two ledger lines below bass clef is also C.
Interesting, huh? Now, all you have to remember is two lines above treble clef is C and two lines below bass clef is C. That is pretty easy.
But, what about the C between the two staves. This is middle C.
You can read middle C in either bass clef or treble clef. It will look the same in each clef. One line below treble clef is C and one line above bass clef is C. Cool!
If you are a piano player and need to read both treble clef and bass clef, this is a pretty handy tool to remember.
Now, you can start at the C’s and work your way forward or backward through the musical alphabet to figure out the other ledger line notes.
Just remember that anytime you move up the staff, you go forward in the musical alphabet.
Whenever you move down the staff, you move backward through the alphabet. This applies to any clef.
Wow, who would have thought there would be a short cut to reading ledger line notes? There certainly is and it is worth remembering.
Now that you know a simpler way to identify treble clef and bass clef ledger line notes, your job is to practice, practice…practice!
Keep at it and you will develop mastery at reading all kinds of music notes.
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