Grade 1:17 - Grouping of Notes
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Two or more quavers (8th Notes) or semiquavers (16th Notes) can be beamed together to make the music neater.
Quavers (8th notes) have one beam, semiquavers (16th notes) have two beams.
Notes are beamed within beats (beats are the way the bar is divided based on the time signature).
Notice the first two semiquavers (16th notes) are not beamed, as they are split over different beats, the last two are beamed.
Quavers (8th), semiquavers (16th) and dotted quavers and semiquavers can be grouped together, again, within the beat. Rests can be included within the groups. Half beams are used to join an 8th note with a 16th.
Don't use a tie when you could use a dotted note.
EXCEPTION: Use a tie for semiquavers (16th Notes). To join these groups of notes, a tie is more clear than the dotted note and easier to read, as they are fast notes. This only applies to semiquavers (16th Notes).
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