An Issue with Musical Notation

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  1. BigDub

    BigDub Fortissimo User

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    That's pretty much what I thought it was. My terminology (maybe only mine) would call them slur lines, or ties? but that is purely my own thoughts or what was implanted into my brain.
    Thanks for the clarification, Ivan.
     
  2. trumpetsplus

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    Slur lines and ties are curved. Beams are straight
     
  3. Ed Lee

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    Whereas one or more flags appear on eighth notes, 16ths, 32nd, 64ths, the streamer the connects one or more such flags is often called a "beam",
     
  4. trumpetsplus

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    Thanks Ed!
     
  5. BigDub

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    Yes, me too, thanks Ed.
    Ivan, I didn't know the lines you were referring to were the straight ones. I hadn't thought of the lines or bars as having a name, or really. I thought they were for the ease of the composer.......
     
  6. tjcombo

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    I think you've nailed a big difference between vocal and instrumental charts VB. The lyrics guide not just phrasing and connections but also what story and emotions the performer should communicate. Vocalist or instrumentalist, words and music are part of a whole.
     
  7. kehaulani

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    I always thought that the reason everything was flagged and not beamed was that singers can't count any higher than one thing at a time. :evil:
     
  8. tjcombo

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    Some of us learned music before we learned to sing :-)

    The thing that always bugged me is the way that choir-masters conduct their singers - a whole lot of complex hand movements that try to shape every single syllable for the singers. It's like they don't know that the conductor is only there as a theatrical accoutrement and really just tells the band/orchestra when to start/stop and get loud/soft.
     
  9. kehaulani

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    Can't say that I really agree with that. Most choir "masters" that I've seen or worked under did not over conduct. And if they were there only as eye candy, heaven help many choirs in their performances regarding phrasing, text painting and overall performance. Keep in mind that many who sing in choir are weak readers, if they read at all. They need the visual from the front to keep together and guide them through a coherent performance.
     
  10. jiarby

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    this says it all.... Even without Finale some people just love screwing with us.

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