I'm reading notes for my trombone for band, and there's these quarter notes, sometimes half notes, on top of another quarter note or half note. I have no idea what this means please help me!!! Band is tomorrow and I have no idea what they mean!!!

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    Could you add a picture? It will make your question much easier to answer well.
    – endorph
    Commented Feb 2, 2017 at 23:06

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I suspect you're looking at a dual part. Is it headed 'Trombone 1' or 'Trombones 1/2' (or similar)?

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  • If so, it's important the OP knows to play either the stems up or the stems down notes.
    – Tim
    Commented Feb 3, 2017 at 7:21
  • Typically the hint a due or additional upward stems should be present, to clarify that in the first two bars unisono is desired . On the other hand, there are no rests below/above either, so tha'ts probably meant.
    – guidot
    Commented Feb 3, 2017 at 12:14
  • Bars 20 and 22 seem odd, with a crossover. Any special reason?
    – Tim
    Commented Feb 3, 2017 at 12:56
  • Maybe to ensure full harmony when there is only one trombone? This sort of arrangement was aimed at a very utilitarian musical world!
    – Laurence
    Commented Feb 3, 2017 at 13:27
  • So is it safe to presume that with dots like this and only one trombone, that it's stems up that get played? What criteria are there?
    – Tim
    Commented Feb 4, 2017 at 15:18

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