Connected Music Notes (Stems And Flags) Explained
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Eighth Notes have flags on them. Quarter Notes do not.
The reason we use stems are because its more legible and readible in sheet music.
The reason why you will sometimes see a one-line stem or two-line stem is because of the flags.
One Flag = Eighth Notes
Two Flags = Sixteenth Note
To see a measure in music with all flags or all stems will be played the SAME EXACT way.
Stems DO NOT change the performance of the note – they just make it easier to read the flags.