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GUEST,Rev Bayes Understanding ABC notation (5) RE: Understanding ABC notation 24 Oct 20


You seem to be well on the right lines, Greum. Remember that ABC is designed to reproduce what you tell it on trust, so if you put five beats in a bar of 4/4, that's what you get!

There are two rules that might be helpful to you, one musical and one technical. The musical rule is that only notes within a beat are beamed together. So, your first three As, the first two should be beamed together but the third should be separate.

The technical rule is that in ABC, to beam notes together, leave no space between them, and to split them up, insert a space:

"D" AA AG F2 Ad | "G" B2 B2 "D" A2 A2 | "A7" G2 FE2 F G2 | "D" A6 z2 |

The bit with FE2 F - your E2 is crossing a beat, so we need to stick in a tie instead: FE- EF:

"D" AA AG F2 Ad | "G" B2 B2 "D" A2 A2 | "A7" G2 FE- EF G2 | "D" A6 z2 |


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