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Tied Notes

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Ties

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A tie is a curved line that connects two notes of the same pitch; the second note is not played but its value is added to the first note. For example, two quarter notes that are tied together will be held for 2 beats; a half note and an eighth note tied together will be held for 2 1/2 beats.

Ties are positioned either underneath notes (when the stems of the notes are pointing up) or above notes (when the stems of the notes are pointing down). Ties are also used when a note is too long that it carries over into the next bar. Ties are also used when the value of a note cannot be represented by only one note. The table below shows you some examples of tied notes and its value.

Tied Notes

Tied Notes and its Duration
Tied Notes Duration
half note + quarter note= held for 3 beats
half note + eighth note= held for 2 1/2 beats
quarter note + quarter note= held for 2 beats
quarter note + eighth note= held for 1 1/2 beats
eighth note + eighth note= held for 1 beat
sixteenth note + sixteenth note= held for 1/2 beat

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