A tie is written from note-head to note-head
Does the tie go on top or on the bottom?
1. TIED SINGLE NOTES
For single notes, the basic rule is that the tie goes in the opposite direction of note stem. So, if the stem is pointing down, the tie goes on top, and if the stem is pointing up, the tie goes on the bottom. For whole notes, just imagine where the stem would go if there was one, and write the tie on the opposite side. These rules go back to the idea that the ties should connect notes from note-head to note-head.
2. TIED DOUBLE NOTES
3. TIED THREE-NOTE CHORDS
For three-note chords that are tied, we apply the same rules as in #2 above for the top and bottom notes, while the middle notes can have the tie going either up or down, usually depending on what looks better visually. Here is one typical example:
4. TIED MULTI-NOTE CHORDS
Writing ties across multiple measures
Sometimes a tie must be held across more than just two measures. If that’s the case, we must connect notes from one measure to the next in turn. Here is what that looks like:
The above examples all dealt with ties that extend from one measure to the next. Keep in mind that sometimes, ties can also be contained within the same measure. If that’s the case, the same rules discussed here will apply.
I hope you found this article useful. Now go ahead and create some awesome ties!
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