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I think this is a normal note but I'm not sure. Why is this note like this? Can you explain it please?


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This piece of music has two voices. The note has two stems because the voices are playing the same note. It looks like the lower voice holds the note (hence the tie) while the upper voice changes in the next measure.

  • How am i suppose to play this
    – ina
    Commented Apr 11, 2019 at 14:08
  • If it's choir music then two voices are singing in unison. On classical guitar we sometimes double the note, especially if it's one of the open strings (very common in guitar arrangements of baroque lute music). For piano I would guess that you cannot play it twice. I'd guess that the sheet music is merely indicating how the voices move.
    – user50691
    Commented Apr 11, 2019 at 15:25
  • @Melanie, is there a reason this was marked as the answer then unmarked?
    – user50691
    Commented Apr 11, 2019 at 15:26
  • The same can apply for a single voice, like a violin, where it would mean to play the note on two strings at the same time. Commented Sep 23, 2020 at 14:30
  • True, I see that in guitar music, but I would still call that 2 voices, a unison double stop
    – user50691
    Commented Sep 23, 2020 at 14:54

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