I came across these weird looking little dudes in a horrendous Trombone concertino that my orchestra is swallowing whole:

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I apologize for the crummy image. I refer to the strange hybrid-looking things starting at the 4th measure of rehearsal E.

  • @guidot Absolutely it is. The wording is different. Let's see what I can do... Nov 22, 2016 at 22:45

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I suspect they are tremolos; specifically, slow ones. That's why there's only one beam, rather than the two or three that you would normally see.

I've generally understood that three beams = demisemiquavers, two beams = semiquavers, and one beam = quavers. Here's a visual example that I stole and cropped slightly:


Source: https://musescore.org/en/node/67246

  • It is definitely an indication for a trem.
    – Neil Meyer
    Nov 22, 2016 at 8:21

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