Understanding Rhythm

The Tie

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.

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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.

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But as a rule, the instruments that have the ability to sustain a long single tone should do so through the tie.

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The tie is good for connecting notes across the bar line.

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It is also used along with dotted notes to increase note values.

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The tied notes equal 5 beats.

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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: ‘

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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

sign if used:
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Measure two is exactly the same as measure one. To repeat the two previous measures, the sign ur art 10 copy is used.
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Measures 3 and 4 are exactly the same as measures 1 and 2.

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One line crossing a note always implies the 8th note.
Two lines crossing implies the 16th notes.

Complete measure rests are indicated by the signur art 13 copy

and a number above it indicating how many measures to rest.
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When counting rests, count them as follows to avoid getting lost.

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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

Count a repeating playing passage the same way:
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