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Old 09-06-2018, 06:31 PM
Lake Sagatagan Lake Sagatagan is offline
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Default Help with a notation symbol

I really did try to find the answer on my own; it's difficult to use a dictionary when the symbols are ideograms. What does a horizontal saw-tooth notation over the staff mean? Sort of: ^^^^^^^^. (Specifically, I'm trying to decipher measure 18 of Andrew York's "Andecy.")

Also there, what's the elongated omega-like symbol mean?
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Old 09-06-2018, 07:17 PM
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Vibrato?

A picture would help.
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Old 09-06-2018, 08:09 PM
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Thanks Jeff and I'm sorry. I don't have the computer chops to post a picture here.

The symbol appears over two three-note, sixteenth-note passages. It would be difficult for me to apply vibrato that quickly, but that's why I'm studying, to make more possible. However, the mystery symbol seems to pertain to one note on an open string. I guess I could shake the guitar, but...
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Old 09-06-2018, 11:01 PM
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It could indicate a trill.
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Old 09-07-2018, 03:45 AM
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In flamenco music I'm reading, it means a rasqueado downstroke
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Old 09-07-2018, 08:43 AM
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Does it look like this:


Then it's probably a mordent, i.e. an ornamentation figure. (Trills are usually indicated with a "tr" abbreviation above the note).
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Old 09-07-2018, 08:55 AM
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Watch at about 1:33...he's indicating fretting hand vibrato in the notation.



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Old 09-07-2018, 10:06 AM
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Thanks for that video link Phil. I think you're right (and Mr. Beaumont too), it must be a vibrato marking.
It can also show like this in notation:


Maybe the op will confirm the symbol.
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Old 09-08-2018, 10:07 AM
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Thanks, all, for weighing in on my question. I will slow the video, linked above, and see how York plays the passage.

Interestingly, I eliminated the possibility that a vibrato was being indicated because I couldn't figure how to get that on an open string. But I realized that the person who supplied the tab choose to represent an "A" as played on the fifth string. That may have been a mistake. I'll bet the video will show York up on the sixth string, seventh fret, drop-D tuning. (York, himself, hasn't provided tab notation on any piece I got from him directly.)

Thanks also for recommending another way to find answers to this naif's questions. I don't know why it didn't occur to me to go to a video of the primary source. The most likely explanation is too painful to confront.

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