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Re: Odp: fingering

From: David Raleigh Arnold
Subject: Re: Odp: fingering
Date: Tue, 11 Jan 2005 11:05:16 -0500
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On Monday 10 January 2005 07:26 pm, Albert Einstein wrote:
> The link shoud be: http://www.openguitar.com/files/cma0.pdf

Thanks.  Stupid mistake.  And using \thumb instead of \ft
is a better idea too, but my definition.  I didn't get the
"thumb script", but it's a terrible idea for guitar music.
Looks too much like a 0 zero, which is why no one will ever
use it except cellists.
> If you use polyphony syntax {} // {}
> you can put number of finger close note head
>  as follows:
>  { \set fingeringOrientations = #'(right)
> <a'-2>4. } // {}

> > > Somehow it never gets easier to get the numbers on staff lines, 
> > unless they precede the note of course. 

Putting a finger indication after a note is a world-class bad
idea.  It's just asking for errors.  It's always better before
than after.  See:


Imagine what a mess it would be with some of the fingering after.
Actually, LilyPond did a close to perfect job there.  The only
fault is that for some reason there is extra space
between the finger number and the accidental when the note
is high, for example the fifth measure third chord.
A nasty bug, but not comparable to the vertical raising
of finger numbers after accidental marks.  It makes no sense
to use different horizontal spacing for accidentals and fingers,
but there is obviously an additional problem there.

But the Carcassi is a simple thing in two parts, and just below or
above the note head is preferred in these cases. and it is in 
fact the way the original was done.  Got you there.  That's in
possibly the most successful single music publication of the 19th
century, and not in the first edition either.  If I had fingered
the ending chord it would have vertically 32 1 to the left.  No problem.

> You write <a'-2>4 instead a'4-2; where 2 is second finger and 4 for
> crotchet. If you have chord you use <a'-2 b'-3>4_\thumb.

Using the chord syntax produced no difference on the vertical,
which was disappointing.  It should have brought the number
right up to the note head.  Another serious bug.  Since everyone
seems to be hell-bent on keeping fingers off staff lines, I
doubt it will be acknowledged as such.  daveA

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