Notes on staff pointed upwards and downwards

by ED

On the staff if for instance a quarter note is pointed up and the next quarter note is pointed down. What is the difference? Or what does that mean?

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Oct 21, 2012
pivot line
by: Anonymous

The third line of the staff is the pivot line. If a note is placed on the third line, the stem can be pointed upward or down. When the note head is above the third line place the stem in a downward position, and if the note head is below the third line, then the stem is placed upward.

Aug 26, 2014
note stem positions
by: Anonymous

It doesn't mean anything/there's no difference. It's done purely for convenience so the stem of the note doesn't get very low below or high above the staff. Otherwise, some lines of music would be farther apart than others.

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