Music Theory Education


10. Stems Up or Down Exercises

stems up or down exercises

Grade 1.exercise 10 stems up or down


Stems Up or Stems Down


Stems up or stems down, which are correct? Most of the time its just a case of which way looks best on the staff. But the rule of thumb is mainly notes below line three have stems going up, while notes above line three have stems coming down.

This of course cannot always hold good, if you can take a look at some classical music where the composer has needed to use stems which in this early learning grade would look wrong. But we don't want to go there at this stage. So we will stay with Stems going up below middle line and stems going down when head of note is drawn above middle line.




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Stems up or Stems down


To continue with this exercise you will find it on page 29 of the exercise book.
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