Ledger lines are lines that fall either above or below the regular staff lines in our sheet music. You won’t see them in your music unless you’re going to have to play notes on them. Even though we don’t see them we still know that they are there.
Ledger line notes are harder to grasp into our music reading because we end up learning them after all of the other notes on the regular staff and that takes extra effort to learn and memorize these notes and where they are on the piano. They just aren’t as familiar to us at first as out other notes.
To help alleviate the difficulty of learning ledger line notes, we’re going to learn 3 valuable tips to help with this and then at the end of this blog there will be a video that shows us these tips at the piano keyboard using sheet music so you can really reinforce what we go over here now.
Before starting, make sure that you are already comfortable reading the notes on the basic staff including all of the lines and spaces that you normally see in sheet music. If you need any reviews of these notes, watch this video to help you through them and give you a little practice time on those notes. Then you’ll be ready to move on to ledger line notes.
Learning to read your ledger line notes quickly is going to be very important in being able to play more advanced music and also in sight reading. Remember, these notes are always “there”…we just don’t see the lines until we need the notes to be there in the music.
The following video will really help you to visually see this in sheet music and on the piano so enjoy working with this as you grow in your piano playing and note reading!
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