A tie is a curved, horizontal line that connects two music notes
of the same pitch
(as opposed to legato
, which connects two or more different
pitches). Tied notes are held for the length
of both notes; only the first is struck.
- Look at the image: Together, these two notes equal the length of two quarter notes (a dotted quarter note equals 1 1/2 beats, plus the eighth note which equals 1/2 beat).
A few in-depth rules of the tie include the following:
- One tie is used for each pair of notes; it is not be written over several notes like a legato. If several notes are to be affected, each note will be tied to the next with an individual line.
- Accidentals that would normally expire after one measure can be carried into the following measure through tied notes (see image).
- The curve of a tie may face up or down depending on where the notes fall on the staff. Many chords will have ties that face opposite directions.
Also Known As:
- legatura di valore (It)
- liaison de tenue / de prolongation (Fr)
- Haltebogen; Ligatur (Ger)
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