Treble Clef Ledger Lines – Reading Music Lesson #20

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Now that you know what ledger lines are, let’s take a closer look at how they function within the treble clef staff.

Just as we used the music alphabet for the treble clef staff notes, we are going to use it again for the ledger line notes.

Moving Up

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

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Moving Down

Going down the ledger lines means we move backwards through the alphabet.

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Find a line note or space note you are already familiar with on the music staff and use that as your starting point.

Move forwards (going up through the ledger lines) or backwards (going down through the ledger lines) using the alphabet from there.

That’s all there is to know about the treble clef ledger lines!

In the following lesson, we will take a look at the bass clef ledger lines.

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2 Replies to “Treble Clef Ledger Lines – Reading Music Lesson #20”

William Watt

Thank you for your help. I have found everything is very clear until now, however I’m confused as to why you didn’t start on the first space above and below the treble clef. Have I missed something in an earlier lesson? I don’t think the G above and D below have been mentioned thus far.

Hi William, thanks for letting me know that G & D haven’t been mentioned yet in any of the lessons. I am not sure how this got overlooked! I will get a new lesson addressing this added to the list. Thanks!

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