Father to Son Leger Lines
Maureen K., California
Question about “Father to Son” in Development Level 16, that is not addressed in the teacher recording. My students and I have a hard time reading the music because it is difficult to see where the staff ends and the leger lines begin. Has anyone tried taking a colored pencil and outlining the staff? Or else coloring the ledger lines? Any tips?
Stephen R., California
I see what you mean Maureen! Especially in that first measure the legers are a little too wide. I would just block out the RH alone as most of the changes are once a measure. After awhile you won’t even have to look at the page. Just block out and circle where the changes are. That’s how I would approach it. After that, rocking the RH.
Gordon Harvey, Australia
I agree that the continuous leger line makes it harder to recognise the bottom line of the stave, but only if you’re seeing the measure in isolation. I would keep in mind that much of the information in each measure or event of this piece (and many others) can be gleaned from the previous measure or event. If you look at the measure 24 it’s relatively easy (for me at least) to scan across from the previous measure. You will see that the top two notes are the same and the bottom two go up a second. If you’re not already doing so, this is the way I would recommend learning the whole piece
Original discussion started February 2, 2021