Why "Tie" yourself down when you could use a Minim number of Crotchets?
OK, a daft title but I was hoping for an interesting and informative discussion re the structure of tunes.
Basically, I’m curious as to why you can get so many possibilities to notate a tune or piece of music and how even seemingly simple tunes can differ in their transcriptions and yet, still, sound the same musically!
Is it just the musical backround of the transcriber or perhaps it’s specific to certain instruments and/or musical arrangements for certain events?
For example, I often encounter "tied notes" in music which I am required to learn/practise. Maybe it’s a a "fiddle" thing where bow direction, slurs etc are important but wouldn’t a minim instead of two crotchets work just as well? I’ve even seen things like "tied" dotted crotchets and quavers in my time!
Perhaps the musical software has been a contributing factor(both in terms of suggestions and creative ideas)?
Or perhaps the smaller notes i.e. crotchets and quavers are just left there to indicate that there is an alternative option available when playing the tune? Or, in some cases, this might have been how the tune was originally intended to be played?
I’m not classically trained and mainly self taught as regards "the dots". So, I don’t know if these different conventions apply to other forms of music or is it mainly in "trad"?
I am also aware that "pipe music" has a unique style of notation too which is obviously a part of their own tradition but that would be a different discussion.