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#beginquote# Everyone is correct. The notes do not differ. However, the rule in music notation is as follows: Any notes on or above the middle line (b) the stems go on the left of the notehead and go down. Any notes on or below the third line (b) and the stems go on the right of the notehead and go up. Because B is listed twice, you can determine the correct choice by looking at the note that follows the b. For example: if the notes were b, c, d then the noteheads would all have the stem on the left and going down. If the notes were b a g then they would go on the right and go up. The purpose of this is so that when we are reading and playing music, the music is uniform. If the stems of the notes all were the same and we are playing notes on ledger lines above or below the staff, the note stems would make it very difficult to see the next staff of music. Hope that helps. #endquote#
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