Piano Ledger Line Notes

by Sadiyah
(Pennsylvania)

This is what I am referring to

This is what I am referring to

Hello, I am just starting back up with piano after a 3 year break, and I have forgotten some things about reading sheet music. What does it mean when there are two lines on a piano note? Does it mean that the note is played two octaves lower than middle C?


Thanks for your help!

ANSWER

Hi,Sadiyah--

Those lines are called "ledger lines". They are used to notate notes on the piano which are higher or lower than the notes located on the 5 lines and 4 spaces of the staff.

Assuming that the above notes are in treble clef, they are E below middle C, F below middle C, and E below middle C.

Just start with middle C on the first line below the staff and count down one note for each line or space.

Best Wishes for your piano playing--have fun!

Lynne

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