This is what happened to Jack and Dave.

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If you were Jack and Dave, what would you do?

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    $\begingroup$ If I were Jack and Dave, and Jack and Dave were sharing a music stand, and that stand had a pencil, that pencil would write "- 3 -" above the group of last three black notes $\endgroup$ – humn Feb 24 '16 at 4:27
  • $\begingroup$ Disclaimer: I used an online notation writer to get this score. $\endgroup$ – LN6595 Feb 24 '16 at 17:03
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    $\begingroup$ Thank you for a tantalizing puzzle, I'll stop trying to decode the frequencies. Almost had something going with abRAcaDAbRa too. $\endgroup$ – humn Feb 29 '16 at 15:52
  • $\begingroup$ What was the intended answer, if you're OK revealing it now that one has been selected? $\endgroup$ – question_asker Mar 1 '16 at 17:33
  • $\begingroup$ @question_asker I was thinking of mchoy25's answer, but hmmn's was even better. $\endgroup$ – LN6595 Mar 1 '16 at 21:22

I would

run the other way for a(a) bee(b), they see(c) a(a) bee(b) see(c) a(a) beeeeeeeeee(b)

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Just to show what can happen when important ciphers get into the wrong hands, a partial decryption suggests that if Jack and Dave were me, what they would do is look for a lawyer.

What were Jack and Dave thinking!, entering dance bars with A minor. Time to face the music. Apologies to anyone unfamiliar, or too familiar, with music theory, and to the original intent of a yet-undeciphered interesting puzzle.

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  • $\begingroup$ THIS IS AMAZING. $\endgroup$ – Ian MacDonald Feb 29 '16 at 15:38
  • $\begingroup$ I had a comment here once, but I had noticed all these things but hadn't managed to put them into this kind of narrative. Whether or not it's the intended answer, I love it. $\endgroup$ – question_asker Feb 29 '16 at 16:05
  • $\begingroup$ Totally not what I had in mind... But I'm accepting it now. This answer beats my intended one hands down. Good work. $\endgroup$ – LN6595 Feb 29 '16 at 23:33
  • $\begingroup$ @LN6595 Please post your intended answer too. $\endgroup$ – manshu Mar 2 '16 at 17:54
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    $\begingroup$ @manshu mchoy25 already got my intended answer. But this one is fantastic. $\endgroup$ – LN6595 Mar 2 '16 at 20:33

If we look at the notes, they are

abca bcab

We note that

The second bar has 5 beats, contradicting the common time (4 4) in the first bar. I therefore assume that the bar separates words

This leads me to think that

This is a cryptogram for "seas ease"

And if I were Jack and/or Dave I might

Up anchor and sail away. Or something nautical like that.

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    $\begingroup$ Presumably the minim in the second bar is significant. $\endgroup$ – somebody Feb 23 '16 at 0:12

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