How to Read Sheet Music : Understanding Ledger Lines in Music


On behalf of Expert Village, I am Eric Williams
and I am here to tell you about reading music. So there is one more thing to add with the
bass clef. We’ve covered lightly that there are ledger lines above. If you take it up
the scale here you go g, a, b, c, d, e, f, g, a and that is not the end of the line.
You can write a note write on top of the staff being b and you can do a ledger line and make
it a c like this one is. If this treble clef wasn’t in the way, you could end up with another
ledger line and have an e right there and you can go higher and higher above the bass
clef and this is important you can go lower and lower below the treble clef, below the
bass clef. So if you are down to g and want to go lower you would have the note f which
hangs off the bottom of the staff and you would have to create a ledger line below the
staff and that would be. You could have a note hanging off the bottom of that ledger
line which would be d and another ledger line would have to be c and just keep going downward
and downward lower in pitch. So you need to be aware of that. There are ledger lines above
and below the bass clef and there are ledger lines above and below the treble clef.

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