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Re: Irregular "9-tuplet" tremolo notation

From: Reinhold Kainhofer
Subject: Re: Irregular "9-tuplet" tremolo notation
Date: Sun, 9 May 2010 18:41:17 +0200
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Am Sonntag, 9. Mai 2010, um 17:04:12 schrieb Phil Holmes:
> OK - so the original author was being lazy by writing it as a shorthand.

Actually, it's not so much about being lazy, but about telling the performer 
that are really only two notes involved. If you have 9 consecutive 8th notes, 
you'll need to check each one when the pitch changes. With tremolo notation 
you know there are only two pitches involved. 

> Perhaps the simplest thing would be to repeat the first set of 3 triplets
> to make the second half of the bar?

It might be easier to write, but harder to read. Tremolo notation is a very 
common shorthand for string instruments. If you have several lines of 
identical 16th notes is very hard to count measures (and keep track with your 
eyes) and to see when things change. Using tremolo shorthand notation makes it 
much easier and much shorter and much less cluttered....

Reinhold Kainhofer, address@hidden,
 * Financial & Actuarial Math., Vienna Univ. of Technology, Austria
 *, DVR: 0005886
 * LilyPond, Music typesetting,

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