Fairly straightforward question. I can't seem to find it in the standard or the docs. Perhaps it's just a matter of terminology.

Basically, what I'm looking for is this:

Ghost Notes

Or, more precisely, the ghost notes as written down for drums - a note head in parentheses.

Source: Wikipedia, Image

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According to section 4.19 Annotations of the ABC Standard, you can place parentheses around a note with the following code:

"<(" ">)" C

For example,

  • Oh, thank you! I have used this at some point but could not find the example. I'm actually preparing some demos for the common drumset notation, using abcjs. Apr 14, 2021 at 18:01

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