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Today I was playing a piece of guitar music, and found this on the staff (inside a red circle):

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What is the name of it and what does it do?

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Quoting:

caesura (sing.), caesurae (pl.), fetura, 'tramlines', or 'railroad tracks: usually placed on or above the top line of a staff or stave (not to be confused with the 'simile' mark). A term derived from poetry, caesura is a silent pause somewhere in the middle of a piece of music

  • In other words this shows you like to take a breath. – Nachmen Jun 6 '17 at 20:21
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    @Nachmen not really. A caesura is a major break; a simple "breath" or quick pause is usually marked with an apostrophe. – Carl Witthoft Jun 7 '17 at 11:31

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