8. The Grand Staff and Ledger Lines
Grade 1. lesson 8 the grand staff and ledger lines
Many musicians will not use the grand staff, due to their music being written with just one staff. This
is true for most instruments, like the Clarinet, Trumpet, Violin and many more.
But if you play piano, you will be familiar with the grand staff, from your very early lessons.
The Grand Staff (Stave)
When you look at the Grand Staff (Stave) it becomes easy to see how
the seven letters just keep repeating over and over.
Look at the letter 'A' in the 1st space of the Bass Staff (Stave), then see
the next letter 'A' is up on the 5th line of the Bass Staff (Stave).
If you count the space 'A to the line A' you will find it covers eight places.
A B C D E F G A this is called an 'Octave'
any eight notes from any letter to the next same letter name is an Octave.
On the diagram above you will find four G's, starting with the G placed on
bass line 1. follow through to the very top of the treble to the G sitting above
the treble line 5. The full Grand Staff (Stave) holds three octaves.
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Finding Middle C using Ledger Lines
You can write music notes on short lines, either above or below
the Treble or Bass Staff (Stave).
These short additional lines are called ledger lines
It is on a Ledger Line where you will find the note
When using ledger lines, each note must have its own line.
Always make sure you draw your ledger lines straight, and the
same distance apart as the lines of the Staff (Stave).
When you draw a note sitting above the top line, or below the bottom line of the staff
NEVERdraw a line above or underneath the note.
See examples below
More than one ledger line above or below the staff (stave) can be used to hold
additional notes, you will not be required to do so in Grade 1.
Only the ledger line which holds Middle C for this grade.