Mudcat Café message #1135675 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #67811   Message #1135675
Posted By: Mark Clark
13-Mar-04 - 03:43 PM
Thread Name: Tech: ABC notation
Subject: RE: Tech: ABC notation
Actually, you were pretty close. The ABC to do what you want is
A>G A2 ({GA}G2>>) B,2
You see, there are two ways to achieve a dotted note. One is to use the broken rhythm technique the way you did and the other is to specify a fraction associated with note (e.g., G3/2). The broken rhythm technique using the less-than and greater-than characters doesn't just add dots, it modifies the relation between two adjacent notes. Your use of two greater-than characters not only produces the desired dots but reduces the time value of the following note (B,) by the same amount. To offset this, you need to begin with a quarter note; B,2 in this case.

I also moved your left paren noting the start of the slur. Try to balance your use of symbols whenever possible.

And for best results, always be sure you're using the latest version of abcm2ps from the ABC+ site for translation. The ABC+ manual found there is also very useful. I've provided links to these in other ABC threads.

Hope this helps.

      - Mark