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When reading Torah, many people (myself included) use a distinct tune when a kadma and a zakef katan appear on the same word (or two words joined with a makaf); e.g. from Sh'mot 34:1: enter image description here

Yet I have not been able to find discussion of this anywhere. What is the name for this set of notes read in this way?

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I've always heard it called a Pashta Kattan. –  Double AA Jun 12 at 2:59
I have always said this as pashta zakef gadol although I have never heard a name for this combination –  Daniel Jun 12 at 4:14

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The first sign is called a מתיגה (and the second a זקף קטן as usual).

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I have seen it also called a maqel. –  user432944 Jun 12 at 10:58

See the 1st answer to this question. In summary, the combination note is a substitute for a zakef katan. Apparently, the tune is similar to it, but not quite. I'm assuming that those readers that make a distinct tune for this trope combination may be attempting to "imitate" the zakef katan, but make it sound a bit differently, as it is not exactly a zakef katan.

Offhand, I don't think it requires a distinct sounding that wouldn't otherwise be done if these two notes were on separate words, except that it's done on 1 word. After all, there are numerous places where we see notes (such as kadma v'azla) on a single word, and we don't sing it differently than if it were on 2 words.

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Except we never see Kadma as a Meshareit for Zakeif, and moreover, it can't possibly be a Pashta as it can't be a Mafsik. It's clearly not just two notes on the same word. –  Double AA Jun 12 at 14:31
I tried and was unable to chant a kadma immediately followed by zakef katon. I don't think that would be correct. –  Daniel Sep 10 at 17:49
@Daniel: I chant my kadmah as three notes. For kadmah - zokeif katon, I drop the third note. For me, the second note of the kadmah seems the same note as the first of the zokeif. Hope this helps. –  Codes with Hammer Oct 10 at 18:00

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