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Re: Tremolo positioning

From: Joshua Parmenter
Subject: Re: Tremolo positioning
Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2006 06:39:00 -0800

This is described in Matt Stone's book "Music Notation in the 20th Century" (not just 20th century music notation, but the practices of notation in the 20th century):

"The tremolo bars should be thinner than beams, and as long or a little longer than the width of a note-head On beamed notes, the tremolo bars usually slant sightly more than the beams Note that the tremolo bars always slant upward, regardless of beam- slant"

Mostly, you want to avoid them looking like beams that didn't print correctly... so, avoiding tremolos parallel to the beams is of importance. When the beams are at the same angle that the tremolos would be, then the tremolos are adjusted slightly to avoid this.

I can scan the page tonight if that would help.



On Mar 27, 2006, at 11:20 PM, Werner LEMBERG wrote:

Shouldn't all tremolo lines be at the same angle (usually about 30

AFAIK, this isn't true in the presence of beams.  Can you provide a
counterexample (this is, a small scanned image)?  In that case we have
to make it configurable.


Joshua Parmenter
Post-Doctoral Research Associate - Center for Digital Arts and Experimental Media
Raitt Hall - University of Washington
Seattle, Washington 98195

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