Many music and piano students find it hard enough to learn the notes of the bass and treble staves (or staffs). But suddenly they find themselves face to face with a whole new problem. To go beyond the elementary or beginner’s level and start playing really nice piano pieces at more challenging level, students must be able to read "Ledger Line Notes". Ledger line notes are those notes found above and below the treble and bass staves. Here are some examples of ledger line notes on the treble staff and the bass staff:
Like all music and piano students, you will naturally feel relieved when you have finally learnt the 21 music notes on the bass and treble staves, and you will be keen to begin playing music and entertaining your family and friends. But then you will become aware that there are a host of ledger line notes that you also need to know. There are literally dozens of ledger line notes; and they seem to go right up into the heavens… and down into the basement! Your music teacher will insist that it is VITAL for you to be able to read the ledger line notes — or be forever RESTRICTED to playing just beginner-level music on the 21 notes of the bass and treble staves. But you will no doubt answer: "How will I EVER be able to learn all these extra notes?"
I have been a piano teacher for over 30 years. My students have always had problems with ledger line notes. I have surveyed all the piano teaching books, courses and ebooks on the market, and frankly, not one of them really helped my students read ledger line notes in a quick, systematic way that was also fun. Most music courses expected students to just…
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