In this lesson we will learn about ledger lines. A ledger line is a short line added below or above the staff to extend it's range.
Ledger lines are only used when a note is outside the range of the staff. When extending the staff it is best to use no more than 4 ledger lines for easy readability.
When using ledger lines we only want to use them briefly. If a musical passage needs ledger lines for a long time there is usually a better notational solution.
Ledger lines can be used on any staff. When using ledger lines it is important to only use the number of lines needed to show a given pitch. We do not want to put extra ledger lines above or below a pitch, only use enough to show to pitch you want.
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