Bass Clef Ledger Lines – Reading Music Lesson #21

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The bass clef ledger lines give us more freedom in creating music.

reading musicWe now have a wider variety of notes to use without being stuck only using the notes found on the music staff.

The purpose of the ledger lines is to be able to add notes above and below the bass clef staff.

In other words, the ledger lines are used to extend the music staff higher and lower.

Using The Music Alphabet

Again, we need to use the music alphabet to help us read the ledger line notes.

When you go up the ledger lines, you move forward in the music alphabet.

bass clef ledger lines

Going down the ledger lines means you need to go backwards through the alphabet.

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You can start anywhere on the music staff (preferably with a note you already recognize) and move up or down from there.

This makes it a bit easier and quicker to figure out the ledger line notes using your knowledge of the music alphabet.

To wrap up our discussion on ledger lines, we are now going to tackle the alto clef.  See you in the next lesson!

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2 Replies to “Bass Clef Ledger Lines – Reading Music Lesson #21”

To any fellow bass guitarists out there, it’s handy to know that the E note on the first ledger line below the bass clef is the note you get from the open fourth string (open E string) on a regular four-string bass guitar — or on double bass, they’re tuned identically!

If you own a five-string bass guitar, the fifth string is usually tuned to B, which is the B just below the second ledger line below the bass clef.

And if you own a six-string bass guitar? Well, I’m sure you’ll work it out: I’ve never been tempted by them, so I cheerfully admit I don’t know how they are tuned. 🙂

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