Slur Vs. Tie
Just like the previous post about dotted half notes and staccato accents, many people can get confused between the slur and the tie.
Can you guess which line below the note is a slur and which one is a tie?
Well it's fairly simple to tell between the two once you understand one simple rule. A tie is always connected to the exact same note and it means you add those note values together to make one gigantic note. So if you see above, the two A's on the right hand side are connected, one is an eighth note and the other is a quarter note. Now when you play the notes together, it actually equals 1 1/2 beats and you do not lift your hand when you play it.
A slur is an accent in which you "slur" the notes together. So if you look at the c and e on the left, you blend those notes together but at the same time you play them separately. In other words, the opposite of a staccato accent.
Now you may ask, what happens when it's a slur and the two notes are the same? Well my friend I will tell you what you do in that kind of situation. The slur will always be slightly slanted at an angle and slightly further away from the notes. The tie will almost be touching the notes and it's usually fairly obvious when you are in a tie type situation.
The main reason why a tie was created was because when you write sheet music, you need to fit a certain amount of values within a measure, just like how there is four beats in four measures. The problem, what if you need to continue that note to a new measure?
I hope you enjoyed this post and put it to good use. Now get out there and make some music!