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ABC notation: percussion / rhythm staff

Alas, the Percussion example here doesn't work for me: It renders differently, in that it's on a 5- rather than 1-line staff and the clef shows as a single "hollow" box rather than the 2 ...
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ABC notation : how to draw the "piano brace" at the left of the grand staff?

Good morning- I have scoured the documentation for EasyABC but can't find how to draw the brace at the left of the grand staff, to couple the two piano parts. Can anyone advise please? (I'm assuming ...
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How to create simple sheet with chords and lyrics in ABC?

How to create a simple song sheet containing only lyrics and chords with ABC notation? For example, the result could look as follows: Am G Hello darkness my old friend ...
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How to notate single-line percussion staff using ABC notation?

I want to have this effect by using ABC notation: In LilyPond, I can use \new RhythmicStaff to create such a staff. What's the equivalent in ABC notation?
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How do I draw ghost notes in ABC notation?

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: Or, more precisely, the ghost ...
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Display chord chart (just symbols) like lyrics for music files (mp3 etc)?

Summary: Is there a way to display chord symbols in music players (software apps) ? Like .srt files for movie subtitles or .lrc for music lyrics, isn't there a format or alternative for chords ? ...
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How can I render "uneven" tuplets in ABC notation?

I understand how to create "normal" tuplets in ABC: for example, where a triplet contains three notes, or a quintuplet contains five notes. X:1 T:"Normal" Tuplets M:2/4 L:1/16 K:...
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How to notate alternate/secondary melody in ABC

I'm not able to find any indication that you can do this in ABC, and I was able to use a couple of Ideographic Space characters in the lyrics to make it kinda work and get the lyrics to align, but ...
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can ABC notate multiple chords over a single held note?

In ABC notation, is there a way to notate a long held note with multiple guitar chords? The naive approach "F" "D7" "F#dim" C8- | produces this, which isn't right The obvious approach of ...
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Cheat sheet for music theory - where can I find it? [closed]

Is there a downloadable cheat sheet for music theory? (about basic terms and nomenclatura) Edit: ... as basic information for absolute beginners, like I gave to pupils of secondary school. Maybe for ...
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Notation: grace note played on the beat with a chord

I want to write a four note chord in which three notes are held but one note is played and released very quickly. The extra note is played on the beat with the rest of the chord so is not an ...
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Rendering 8va and 8vb with Abc notation?

I'm writing up a sheet of music for bass guitar in Abc notation and I'm getting irritated by having to type so many commas to place the notes in the range of the bass. Is there any way to set the ...
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Beam break and rest height problems in ABCjs

In the below ABCjs sample: X: 1 T: Symphony No. 7 C: Gustav Mahler (1860-1911) R: Langsam (Adagio) M: 4/4 L: 1/4 K: Bm [F,^G,B,D]/z//[F,G,B,D]///[F,G,B,D]/// [F,G,B,D]/z//[F,G,B,D]///[F,G,B,D]/// !///...
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How do I notate sharps in ABC notation?

I'm trying to convert the dozenal representation of tau (=2*pi) to a series of notes. I was trying to use ABC notation, but I don't know how to indicate sharps or flats. I'd like to use a notation as ...
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Note Positioning: .abc files and note length

Sequel to this question... sorta: Understanding MIDI Files I'm using Starbound Composer to directly edit a .midi file. I'm not really sure if it's .abc or .midi that's the main focus here. BGM ~ The ...
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abc notation : different chords sounding exactly the same

This is my small music piece (ABC notation): X:3 T: part one M:4/4 L:1/8 K:C Q:120 C:LB |: [^F^c]5 [^G^d]5 [^Gc]5 [^G^c]5 :| The problem is that when I play this (I'm using EasyABC), ...
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What are the limitations of the ABC notation format?

This question came up in a discussion on Meta, and I thought it might be a good question to ask on the general site. ABC notation is a relatively simple text-based format for writing music scores ...
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