Mudcat Café Message Lyrics & Knowledge Personal Pages Record Shop Auction Links Radio & Media Kids Membership Help
The Mudcat Cafeawe

User Name Thread Name Subject Posted
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 |

Post to this Thread -

Back to the Main Forum Page

By clicking on the User Name, you will requery the forum for that user. You will see everything that he or she has posted with that Mudcat name.

By clicking on the Thread Name, you will be sent to the Forum on that thread as if you selected it from the main Mudcat Forum page.

By clicking on the Subject, you will also go to the thread as if you selected it from the original Forum page, but also go directly to that particular message.

By clicking on the Date (Posted), you will dig out every message posted that day.

Try it all, you will see.