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posted: 7/18/2006 at 4:31:12 PM ET
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I am teaching myself to play the recorder, and I purchased some books on easy recorder music. Two of the books use a symbol I have not seen before on sheet music. I am hoping someone may be able to tell me what the check marks mean which I see above the staff lines. They occur about once per line on the page. On some pieces, they occur at the end of each line, on others, in different places (left, right, center) above the line.
Visually, they are check marks, as if one were checking something off on a list. The only guess I have is that these are places where it is suggested one breathes, but maybe somebody on the forum knows for sure?


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posted: 7/19/2006 at 11:03:59 PM ET
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Without looking at it, I can't say for sure, but it sounds like a breath mark. Usually those are indicated with a comma above the staff for instrumental music. However, I have seen check marks used for breath marks for vocal music.

A simple way to check is to see if taking a breath in that spot makes sense. In music, we have phrases, which are like pharases that we speak or read. You would not take a breath in the middle of a sentence (unless you HAD to because you didn't allow enough air to finish the sentence). Music is the same. If it is a song with words, you can use the words to figure out when to take a breath. For example: Hot cross buns (breathe) Hot cross buns (breathe) one a penny, two a penny (maybe breathe) Hot cross buns.

I hope this helps.

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posted: 1/31/2018 at 3:16:37 AM ET
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