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No beams?

Posted: Fri Aug 30, 2013 5:18 pm
by jimv
Hi. My chosen piece of music to learn ABC notation (I'm an old skool Linux user so automatically fell in love with an ASCII way to notate - thanks!) is Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata. I've fought with ABC for a couple of hours and have, ahem, the 1st four bars. However, no matter how hard I try and how often I read the reference/language guide, I cannot get any beams across my triplets!

X: 1 % Reference number
%%score {RH | LH}
V: RH clef=treble % Voice 1 (piano right-hand)
V: LH clef=bass merge % Voice 2 (piano left-hand)
K: C#m % Key signature
% Bar 1
V:RH !pp! (3:1:3G,CE (3:1:3G,CE (3:1:3G,CE (3:1:3G,CE |]
V:LH !pp! [C,4C,,4]|]

Why!? I'm using abcm2ps (tried both stable and 'unstable' versions 6.6 and 7.6).

Any ideas?



Re: No beams?

Posted: Fri Aug 30, 2013 6:54 pm
by cwalshaw
That's a puzzle. Your coding is correct I think and it works for me in EasyAbc (which uses abcm2ps). Here's a screenshot.

screen shot of EasyAbc
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Two thoughts:
- you should use a T: field (T: Moonlight Sonata) right after the X: field - however I don't think that will fix it
- are you using a .fmt file in some way


Re: No beams?

Posted: Sun Dec 01, 2013 8:32 pm
by cincocerros
I am also interested in Moonlight in abc. Have you finished it & can you share?

Re: No beams?

Posted: Wed Dec 11, 2013 11:46 am
by Abbysam007
This has a number of bars where chords are not meant to be played. How do I express this in abc notation so that the midi part of the program plays the melody but not the chord at these points. I tried placing NC in parenthesis but this did not work; the NC was displayed as if it were a chord symbol but the chord from the previous bar continued playing.
My transcription attempt is below. I would be most grateful for any advice from anyone who is prepared to give it.