I have a score in 4/4 time with the following measure:


My music program (MuseScore) plays this with the two 16th F notes "in between" beats 2 and 3, with the second F/C chord playing at beat 3 and the F/A dotted eight playing at beat 4.

Question: what in the score indicates that you should play those 16th F notes "in between" the beats as opposed to playing the full quarter note at the second beat and then the 16th notes? In other words, to my eyes, these notes shouldn't all fit... the F note at beat 2 should be an eighth note not a quarter note. What am I not understanding to read this correctly?


You're right to be confused, this is notated incorrectly. My best guess is that there's a second voice, so really there should be a quarter and eighth rest before those notes (below the existing quarter notes) and a half rest afterward, and whoever wrote this went through the extra effort to disable them from the display. They could also be grace notes, but the stem directions seem to indicate the two-voice thing.


This doesn't seem correct, but it could be:

  • The F on the 2nd beat was a eighth instead of a quarter
  • The F on the 2nd beat was a sixteenth and the second sixteenth F note was a eighth (not really likely)
  • The two sixteenth Fs were grace notes.

I believe the most likely answer is the third one. Like they are supposed to be played on (or before) the 3rd beat.


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