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In the book "The Beatles Complete Scores", there are many instances that instead of the normal crotchet rest :enter image description here, the author uses this kind of rest: enter image description here

One example is on page 1000, on the song "When I'm Sixty Four":

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By listening to the song,

you can understand that it is a crotchet rest, but why use this symbol? Is this some other symbol people used back in the day?

  • It just looks like the quarter rest fell over. I use a similar one as shorthand that's just turned 45 degrees counter clock wise. – Dom Feb 6 '16 at 13:45
  • Is this something generally used? – Shevliaskovic Feb 6 '16 at 14:05
  • Possible duplicate of Origin of the 'squigly line' used for quarter note rest? – Caleb Hines Feb 6 '16 at 14:47
  • @Shevliaskovic, it seems to be a somewhat common hand-written form that precedes the printed "squiggly line", and evolved from mensural notation, although every composer draws it a little differently. For some historical screenshots of manuscripts and more information (mixed with lots of speculation), check out: music.stackexchange.com/questions/23714/… – Caleb Hines Feb 6 '16 at 14:52
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    As Caleb says, the crotchet rest used to be the mirror image of a quaver rest (much easier to write!), Its placing on the staff doesn't seem very important, too. – Tim Feb 6 '16 at 15:34
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The Beatles Complete Scores was originally produced and edited in Japan in 1989. The transcriptions are attributed to 4 Japanase guy's, but there is almost no information about the typesetting process, which has some additional specificities. The book has a kind of preface that mentions some specific symbols used for different instruments and vocals, but nothing more.

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So I think we can safely assume that the used crotchet rest symbol must have been considered a normal music notation symbol.

The score typesetting process was surely manual and most symbols, including lyrics, were handwritten, as can be seen by it's irregularity. The crotchet symbol definitely was handwritten, as the same symbol is used throughout the book (I haven't checked each of the ~1100 individual pages, but so far haven't found one single case where it isn't) and we can see significant handwriting variance.

Considering the mamoth work involved and that the crotchet rest is one of the most difficult and morose to draw properly (and the more classical alternative, the "mirrored" quaver rest, is easily mistaken by a quaver rest), there is an obvious advantage in using a simpler symbol, if the authors were on the habit of using one.

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