# abc notation question

### abc notation question

Since it seems that people feel it’s acceptable to post abc notation questions here, and since I can’t find a forum or documentation elsewhere that can answer my question (please refer me to such if there are any,) I thought I would ask about it with this posting.

I’m using easyabc.

In the following example:

X: 1
T: Example
R: Reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Fmaj
|: AG | <FD/2 DE F2 GF |

I want the first measure, an irregular one of 1/4 length, to be two 8th notes. But it keeps showing in the musical notation screen as an 8th note and a 16th note, and I can’t find any way to change it to two 8th notes.

Apparently you can’t directly post an image into a discussion posting, but the following publicly accessible link to Google Drive should work to show what it looks like:

Am I missing something simple? (It wouldn’t be my first "duh" moment.)

### Re: abc notation question

The less than sign in front of the F in the first full bar is changing the G in the pick up to a semiquaver (16th).

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Should be
|: AG | F>D DE F2 GF | 0r |:AG | F3/D/ DE F2 GF|

### Re: abc notation question

Ditto DonaldK

Note that, when you use the > and < symbols for dotted groupings, you don’t need to use /2 as well. The note on the ‘greater’ side borrows* half the time value from the note on the ‘less’ side. So, for L:1/8, F>D represents a dotted quaver (dotted 1/8 note) followed by a semiquaver (1/16 note)

*’Borrows’ in The Borrowers’ sense - it has absolutely no intention of giving it back.

### Re: abc notation question

Thanks very much, that works.

### Re: abc notation question

On ABC discussion groups, the forum was closed down a while back due to the weight of spam, I think. There is a Facebook group, which I don’t use, but the mailing list is still active and helpful - if you send a blank email to abcusers-subscribe@yahoogroups.com you should get added automatically I think.

The two main sites are http://abcplus.sourceforge.net/ and http://abcnotation.com/ The manual hosted on the ABCPlus site is worth its weight in gold.

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Thanks for the info about the abc forums . I’ll check them out.

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abc notation forum closed down due to SPAM? Monty Python wld have something to say about that.

### Re: abc notation question

melodeon.net has an active ABC forum:
http://forum.melodeon.net/index.php/board,26.0.html
While the forum is mostly about melodeons and button accordions, there are lots of good tunes and general discussions about ITM and other genres.
Cheers,
Rick

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There’s an abc user group on Facebook worth checking out.