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A staff has only five lines because the human eye can only read five closely–spaced lines at a glance. But there is a way of showing notes that are higher or lower than those on the staff – by using ‘temporary’ lines called leger lines.
    Leger line    
F G A G F E Leger line
               The staves on the right show the same note in the treble and bass clefs. It is often called Middle C because it sits between the two staves.
 note as
Even higher, or lower, notes can be shown by using more than one leger line, above
 is the same
           or below the staff. Here are some leger line notes above and below the treble clef staff.
DCBAGF GABCDE
Leger lines work in the same way as the lines of the staff. After a note in a space, there’s a note on a leger line, then a note in a space, and so on. Here are some leger line notes above andbelowthe bass clef staff.
                          F E D C B A  B C D E F G 
                       If a piece of music has a lot of notes above or below the range of a clef, then often the composer will change the clef to avoid having to use lots of leger lines. (Music with a lot of leger lines can be more difficult to read.) For example, if a part in the bass clef had a lot of higher notes, the composer may decide to write those same notes in the treble clef instead.
 Here is a C in the treble clef. Next to it, write a C which is one octave lower.
     Here is a D in the bass clef. Next to it, write a D which is one octave lower, then (to the right of that) a D which is one octave higher.
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                                                                    Leger lines

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