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Piano score

Posted: Thu May 26, 2011 12:12 pm
by j707
Dear ABC notation users,

I am new to ABC notation (and to this forum). I found out about ABC by chance, while attempting to learn LilyPond. I think ABC is better for my needs!

I would like to know how it is possible to form a piano staff (sorry, I don't know the exact music terminology... I'll try to explain precisely what I want). It is a braced-connected system with a treble clef on top and a bass clef down. In ABC notation, using this command:

%%score {P1 | P2}

puts too much space between the 2 staves. I tried reducing the space with the command

%%sysstaffsep -5pt

but it does not seem to allow for negative space (at least with my program... I use ABCExplorer 1.3).

Here is an example. I would like to final C's to be exactly on the same line, ie to superpose.

X:1
T:(Title)
M:4/4
L:1/4
V:P1 clef=treble
V:P2 clef=bass t=2
%%score {P1 | P2}
%%sysstaffsep -5pt
K:C
V:P1
[c e] [g b] | C4 |
V:P2
[C, E,] [G, B,] | C4 |

Thanks a lot!

Jérémie
(using ABCExplorer 1.3 on Win Vista)

Re: Piano score

Posted: Sat May 28, 2011 9:22 pm
by Graham OSP
Hi J707,
Problem solved!
Just add a 4 beat space in one of the clefs, as here in the base clef, ie a bar with x4 in it.

X:1
T:(Title)
M:4/4
L:1/4
V:P1 clef=treble
V:P2 clef=bass t=2
%%score {P1|P2}
%%sysstaffsep -5pt
K:C
V:P1
[c e] [g b] | C4 |
V:P2
[C,E,][G,B,]|x4|

Regards
Graham the Old String Plucker.

Re: Piano score

Posted: Thu Jun 02, 2011 7:40 pm
by Graham OSP
Hello J707
You have been very quiet, were my suggestions of any help to you?

Re: Piano score

Posted: Sun Jun 05, 2011 3:05 pm
by j707
Graham OSP wrote:Hello J707
You have been very quiet, were my suggestions of any help to you?


Dear Graham,

Thanks for your reply, and sorry for not answering earlier (I thought I would receive an email notification when someone would reply to the post, so I didn't check the forum earlier).

Actually what I want is to reduce the space between the 2 staves, so that the lower C on the upper staff and the upper C on the lower staff actually superpose.

But it is not very important, it does not change how the music should be sound.

J707