- A tie is a notational device, drawn as a curved line, between
two notes of the same
pitch to indicate that they are to be
treated as if they were one note; they must sound like one note
rather than two.
- The second note must be exactly the same
pitch as the first note.
- The total length that the note sounds for is the addition
of the two note lengths.
- The curved line is drawn between the two note heads, except
when this would be confusing (for example, when there are
two parts on the stave), when it can be drawn at the stem end.
- They are used or needed in the following cases:
- More than one tie can be used consecutively to indicate that a note
extends across bars
- The only other way of increasing the length of a note is by the
addition of a dot.
- The same curved line is also used in different circumstances as a
- The way to tell them apart is that a tie can only join
two notes of the same pitch, whereas a slur can go across
- If a slur only goes between two
notes, they will not generally be two notes of the same pitch.
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