On the same staff, how do I notate three simultaneous notes of different duration? For example, half notes on middle C and the C above and four eighth notes on the G inbetween

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You can do it like either of these:

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  • Thanks. I had tried the first, but I like the second better.
    – Greg
    Jun 14, 2020 at 12:18
  • I used to do this with a common vertical line.
    – Joshua
    Jun 14, 2020 at 16:47
  • @Joshua You naughty person, you :-) Jun 15, 2020 at 5:46

From what you say it sounds like you need two voices. The middle Cs plus the octave can be joined as one voice, and the Gs would be a second voice. You would have one stem going down and the other going up.

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    Jomiddnz's answer is the same as mine. (+1) As (s)he says, you need two voices. Jun 14, 2020 at 4:33
  • Thanks. I was trying to avoid the stems up running into the stems down. Looks like I can get close.
    – Greg
    Jun 14, 2020 at 12:22

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