Coursera – FoMT Week 1 / Video 2 extra: Ledger lines
There were a few concepts introduced in the 2nd video for Week 1 of Fundamentals of Music Theory that I wanted to expand on a little, for the sake of beginners who hear these words and don’t know what they mean. Some came from the video, and others from my own rambling about the video. As this is a bass-centric site, some of this information might be bass-specific.
The Dummies book doesn’t mention ledger lines at all, although it says that musical staves are made up of lines and spaces when it talks about the bass and treble clefs.
The Idiot’s Guide does have a definition. It says that “The lines you add above or below a staff are called ledger lines.” This is interesting to me because I thought ALL of the lines on the musical staff were called ledger lines, but apparently, its just the ones above and below the regular ones that are added in to denote tones past what can be written on the regular lines & spaces.