JohnB wrote: ↑
Mon Jan 01, 2018 3:16 pm
As far as I know, a tie is a curved line connecting notes of the same pitch and indicates that the two notes are played as one - i.e. the first note is sounded and then held for the duration of all the notes of the same pitch that are tied.
Should it be of any extra help Mae3x, I'd also suggest in addition to what John rightly says you should remember that it's a musical instruction not just about technique. Musically it represents a note that continues.
If you were singing a note that was tied to the next, you would carry on singing that note for the duration of both. The same if you were playing a wind instrument, you would keep blowing, or bowed strings, keep the bow moving... You get the idea. Us 'pluckers' can't quite do the same thing - basically we can only pluck once no matter how long the note lasts for, and there will always be a natural 'maximum length' after which it dies away on it's own. However, we can try to make sure the note keeps ringing, by either holding a left hand finger still, or making sure we don't accidentally lean on the string whilst its still vibrating.