Lesson 4: Ledger Lines
By Debbie Ridpath Ohi - 06/04/2007 - 10:53 AM EDT
I imagine your treble clef cards are all dog-eared with diligent
practice by now, and you can all easily recognize notes on any line
or space in the treble clef.
you're still having trouble memorizing the lines, several creative
readers have sent in their own suggestions to use instead of "Every
Good Boy Deserves Fudge". Jeanette Woodley suggests "Every
Good Band Deserves Fans", a sentiment with which I'm sure we all
wholeheartedly agree. I like that much better than the fudge saying.
Freedman sent in the gastonomically adventurous "Eat Good Bring
Dog Food". While the culinary value of this suggestion is questionable,
it's definitely memorable. Thanks to both Jeanette and Jeffrey for
review, we've now learned how to name all the notes from the E on
the lowest line in the treble clef to the F on the top line of the
note on a line or space in the treble clef, by the way, represents
a white key on the piano keyboard:
need to memorize this (save that for when you take keyboard lessons);
I just thought you'd be interested.
you practiced your treble clef cards, the more astute of you may
have been wondering:
about notes above or below the treble clef?
good question. Take a look at the note F on the top line of the
treble clef, for example:
note higher than F, of course, is G:
top G isn't a part of the "Every Good Band Deserves Fans" saying,
which only refers to the names of the lines in the treble clef,
and the "Good" refers to the second line G. You'll just have to
learn to quickly recognize the fact that the note just above the
top F line is G. I've provided these new notes on some more flashcards
to help you with the learning process.
the note just below the bottom E line is D:
what about notes that go even higher or lower? How are they annotated?
The magic answer lies in using:
line is a small line like this:
on the first ledger line above the treble clef is an A:
on the first ledger line below the treble clef is a C:
sure you're all eager to start learning these new notes, so here
are some more flashcards for you:
time, we take a look at the BASS CLEF.
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