Which version of this measure is better?

• Dec 1, 2023 - 01:44

Hi all, I am wondering which of these is better? I prefer the bottom one aesthetically, but it breaks one of the notation rules I've been taught.
Time signature is 4/4.

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There is some "rule" about notation across beat 2 an 3. In which case the top is correct. Supposedly the top is easier to sightread because you know exactly where beat 3 is. Although music is about more than sightreading.

Yes, the rule that you should put a fresh notehead right on beat 3 in 4/4.
Thanks for your input. I went with the bottom version.

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