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fingering chords

From: Han-Wen Nienhuys
Subject: fingering chords
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2003 21:37:14 +0200

address@hidden writes:
> I don't understand what the "-^" is all about, so I have substituted
> a 4 for that particular caret.
> Quoting the online development manual:
> Chords
> A chord is formed by a enclosing a set of pitches in << and >>. A chord 
> may be followed by a duration, and a set of articulations, just like 
> simple notes.
> Additionally, fingerings and articulations may be attached to 
> individual pitches of the chord:
>        <<f-1 a-4 c-5>>

I have removed this.  See

> the "-" did not place the fingers in front of the notes they modify.  
> Fingering should always apply to the *closest* note when individual 
> notes are fingered, at least that is the way it used to be done before 
> some 20th century typesetters decided to make it easier for themselves 
> at the expense of readibility and the considerable expense of whoever 
> has to pay for the extra paper.
> To finger notes in a collective way, IOW as illustrated, I thought that 
> you were going to do it this way:
> <<f a c>>_4_1^5
> or:
> <<f a c>_4_1^5>
> What happened?  Does the new manual use too old a development version?  
> I wish that the reference would show both ways, and it wouldn't hurt to
> explain why there are two <<of these>> now instead of <one>.  Is there
> some way of making use of that?

I added the following to the NEWS file.

This change was introduced for the following reasons

 * It solves the "start score with chord" problem, where you have to
   state \context Voice explicitly when a chord was the start of a
   Staff or Score.

 * With the new syntax, it is possible to distinguish between
   articulations (or fingerings) which are for a single chord note,
   and which are for the entire chord. This allows for per-note
   fingerings, and is more logical on the whole.


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