by Glen Prior
The Tie is a curved line that connects two notes together. Only the first note is played, but is held for the duration of the two notes involved.
When playing instruments of short sound duration (claves, etc.), you would play the first note of the tie and forget about sustaining through the tied note.
But as a rule, the instruments that have the ability to sustain a long single tone should do so through the tie.
The tie is good for connecting notes across the bar line.
It is also used along with dotted notes to increase note values.
The tied notes equal 5 beats.
The tied notes equal 6 beats.
Notice that in the 5/8 measure, the tie is able to produce a note worth five beats, unlike the dotted note.
A few signs you should be aware of: ‘
Here, we play measures 1 and 2, then repeat them. Play measures 3 and 4, then repeat them.
To indicate repeating the measure you just played, the follow
Measures 3 and 4 are exactly the same as measures 1 and 2.
One line crossing a note always implies the 8th note.
Two lines crossing implies the 16th notes.
When counting rests, count them as follows to avoid getting lost.
Count: 1 2 3 4, 2 2 3 4, 3 2 3 4, 4 2 3 4, 5 2 3 4,
6 2 3 4, 7 2 3 4, 8 2 3 4, 9 2 3 4, 10 2 3 4