I'm having a hard time on cleaning up following passages:

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I've been messing around with grace notes, breath marks, but I don't seem to find the right combination to capture the spirit of the syncopated notes, yet make them more readable.

The intent is to have a grace note preceding a hard-stopped dyad, right in the middle of the quavers. I.e. it's about the rhythm not the exact timing.

Anybody got an idea how to turn this into something better?

  • Why not notate it fully? Grace notes are sort of open to interpretation. – ghellquist Dec 15 '18 at 11:40
  • @ghellquist - The rests would get even uglier if the grace note were notated as a completely full-fledged note instead. – Dekkadeci Dec 15 '18 at 16:40

If you want an un-measured 'fast' gracenote, use an acciaccatura (the one with a slash) rather than an appoggiatura.

Apart from that, your notation appears clear. I don't understand your statement 'it's about the rhythm not the exact timing'. Rhythm IS timing. You've put the note at a precise rhythmic position. If that's where you want it to go, good. If you want it somewhere else, put it somewhere else.

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