What do you do if you are writing a piece of music in 3/4 but you want to include a note that is five beats long? Since you can’t have a note that is longer than three beats in 3/4, there has to be another solution. For the answer, we can refer back to Unit 3 where we learned about ties. The tie connects notes together without re-articulating them. The example below shows how to create a note that is five beats long in 3/4, by using a tie across the measure line.
Ties can be used to connect multiple notes over measure lines. The number of rhythmic possibilities of tied notes is practically endless. The exercises and patterns included in Time Lines feature many different combinations of tied notes in 2/4, 3/4, and 4/4.
There are many long notes in these patterns and melodies. When clapping and counting the music, remember to keep your hands together for the entire length of the long notes. Pull your hands apart at the beginning of a rest or just before the end of a note when there are repeated notes.
Like all of the melodies in the previous units, each of the melodies that are in the same time signature in Unit 8 can be played together. However, they will not work well with the melodies in the other units.