I'm playing a piano piece that has some tremolo symbols between a rest and a note ("Odeon" by Ernesto Nazareth), and below the symbol there are subtle tiny marks.

Why does this symbol look slightly different?

How should I play this?

"Odeon", Ernesto Nazareth, m. 33

  • Welcome! Can you post a bit more context too, especially enough to see the rhythm of the rest of the measure and the time signature? Dec 14, 2021 at 17:06
  • I'll also mention: It's definitely not tremolo. I'm guessing it's a caesura—a breath mark, or pause—though it seems a funny place for it. Dec 14, 2021 at 17:17
  • I agree with @AndyBonner, with the additional possibility that this is from musescore, and it is a tremolo but placed incorrectly.
    – Aaron
    Dec 14, 2021 at 17:26
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    Do you see the faint black dots below the notation?
    – Kaz
    Dec 15, 2021 at 2:37

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It's a mistake in the score. Those are supposed to be the beams for two grace notes on B and D#. Below is an image from the score on IMSLP.

"Odeon", by Ernesto Nazareth, m. 33

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    Fun with OCR, most likely Dec 14, 2021 at 17:41
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    These days, it seems like a lot of questions on this site asking "how do I play this notation?" are due to crappy free transcriptions. Dec 15, 2021 at 12:54
  • Thanks, @Aaron! That's it! I should have consulted a second score! Dec 15, 2021 at 18:41

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