Lines (Western Musical Notation)

This page lists of the various symbols in the Lines (Western Musical Notation) group.

Symbols in this group:

Accolade, brace

Connects two or more lines of music that are played simultaneously. Depending on the instruments playing, the brace, or accolade, will vary in designs and styles.

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Bar or Measure (music)

Used to separate measures. Bar lines are extended to connect the upper and lower staffs of a grand staff.

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Bold double bar line (or barline)

Used to indicate the conclusion of a movement or an entire composition.

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Dotted bar line (or barline)

Subdivides long measures of complex meter into shorter segments for ease of reading, usually according to natural rhythmic subdivisions.

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Double bar line (or barline)

Used to separate two sections of music. Also used at changes in key signature, time signature or major changes in style or tempo.

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Grand Staff

When music on two staves is joined by a brace, or is intended to be played at once by a single performer (usually a keyboard instrument or the harp), a great stave (BrE) or grand staff (AmE) is created.

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Ledger or Leger Lines

Used to extend the staff to pitches that fall above or below it.

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