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posted: 3/22/2007 at 11:47:24 PM ET
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Why do some accents have a line above them & others have a "<"?

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posted: 3/23/2007 at 8:31:07 PM ET
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those rnt accents! they r differ. i just dont no wat they are...............

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posted: 3/25/2007 at 1:43:49 AM ET
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An accent either looks like this (>) or this (^). The line you are asking about is called a tenuto and is essentially the opposite of an accent. Where an accent is played with emphasis (>) and occasionally with emphasis and separation (^), the tenuto (-) is to be played full length and with no emphasis. It is similar to a legato tongue but you may or may not slur a tenuto depending on the style of the music. I hope this helps.

Chad Criswell
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Southeast Polk Comm. Schools

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