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Figure 1. leger lines above the staff, using eighth notes. The lines on the right would usually be considered too far off the staff and would be written in a different clef or with 8va notation.

A leger line (sometimes spelled ledger line) is a tool of musical notation to express notes that do not fall on the regular lines or spaces of the musical staff. A short line (slightly longer than the note) is drawn parallel to the lines on the staff, corresponding to where the staff line would be if the note were in range (see Figure 1).


Notes on more than three or four leger lines off the staff are usually considered too hard to read; this is usually handled by using 8va notation or switching clefs.

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Note length : Longa | Breve (Double whole note) | Semibreve (Whole Note) | Minim (Half Note) | Crotchet (Quarter Note) | Quaver (Eighth Note) | Semiquaver (Sixteenth note) | Demisemiquaver (Thirty-second note) | Hemidemisemiquaver (Sixty-fourth note) | Quasihemidemisemiquaver (128th note)

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F clef - definition of F clef in Encyclopedia (1448 words)
bass drum on the 1st line, snare drum on the 3rd line, hi-hat on the 5th line is a common assignment.
The two dots of the F clef surround the line that represents the note F. The most common use of the F clef is the bass clef, which places F on the 2nd line from the top of the staff; the name "F clef" is frequently used to mean the bass clef.
The C clef on the bottom line means soprano clef which works for violin and the clarinet in A. The 1st line C clef used also to be commonly employed until about 100 years ago for the soprano voice when vocal polyphony was displayed with each voice on its own staff.
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However, the F clef has historically been used on other lines of the musical staff, most notably on the middle line, when it is known as the baritone clef.
Most lower-pitched instruments, such as the lower brass, strings and woodwinds read bass clef; also choral music for bass and baritone parts are usually also written in the bass clef.
The C clef on the first line means soprano clef which works for violin and the clarinet in A. The alto clef
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