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Re: quarter tones in tablature - FretBoards

From: pls
Subject: Re: quarter tones in tablature - FretBoards
Date: Sat, 31 Oct 2015 19:24:15 +0100
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address@hidden writes:

> On 2015-10-31 12:49, pls wrote:
>> address@hidden writes:
>>> On 2015-10-31 11:39, pls wrote:
>>>> Thomas Morley <address@hidden> writes:
>>>>> Personally, I don't like any of those and lean towards excluding
>>>>> quarter-tones from FretBoards at all and let output the warning
>>>>> about
>>>>> "Missing fret for pitch ~a on string ~a" as before.
>>>>> Letting only TabStaff display quarter-tones.
>>>> I'm of the same opinion as it doesn't/shouldn't really matter
>>>> pitchwise where exactly you
>>>> place your finger within a fret space on a fretted instrument.
>>> I'm no guitarist, but don't they sometimes pull sideways on the string
>>> or use a mechanical attachment to sharpen a note?
>> Yes, pull-offs are quite common but it's rather a technique to pluck
>> the
>> string with your fretting hand.  With "mechanical attachment" you're
>> probably alluding to a capo.  It acts like a sort of artificial
>> "barre".  It fits around the neck of the guitar and raises the pitch of
>> all (or only some of the) strings.  LilyPond already displays capo
>> indications as a thick bar
>> in fret diagrams.  Bottlenecks are also used to sharpen or lower a
>> note. It works like some sort of a "movable fret".
>> But I've never seen quarter tone indications in fret diagrams.
>> Cheers,
>> Patrick
> I was thinking of things like these:

Yes, electric guitars can be equipped with a whammy bar.  Those effects
usually have their own symbols in traditional notation and
tablature but not in fret diagrams (see attachment).

Attachment: tremolo-bar.png
Description: tremolo bar

>> BTW: Did you deliberately not reply to the list?
> No.  I'm stuck using an unfamiliar web-mail interface while my main
> computer is being repaired; I must have hit the wrong button.  Thanks
> for noticing.

You're welcome!


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