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Help with ledger lines

Posted: Tue Sep 29, 2009 11:10 am
by hoopy mike

I'm new here...

I'm trying to score some music for a friend. One problem I can't seem to find a solution to is how to force a note to stay on a particular clef. For instance, if I have a simple (treble clef) tune that dips to G, for the odd note, this usually appears in bass clef (I'm using abc explorer). Is there a simple way to fix this?

Many thanks,

Re: Help with ledger lines

Posted: Wed Sep 30, 2009 8:30 am
by hoopy mike
Oooh - I found out how to do it!!!

[I: staff 2] forces the next note to appear on staff 2, including rests! And it works in abcExplorer!!!


p.s. is it always this quiet around here?


Re: Help with ledger lines

Posted: Wed Sep 30, 2009 12:40 pm
by Chris P
Hi Mike,
abcm2ps normally makes automatic decisions as to where to place any given note, and usually that's fine.
But you can over-ride this for bits of the tune as you've done.
But easier still, you can force a voice to stay on one clef throughout, whatever the notes, by specifying the clef in the header. In your case for a single voice, assuming the key of e.g. Gmajor do this:-

K:G clef=treble (or whatever)

Refer to the abcplus_En manual here for a fuller explanation. Scroll down the page a bit and download the PDF file.