The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #37249   Message #1019883
Posted By: Malcolm Douglas
16-Sep-03 - 10:40 AM
Thread Name: Origins: My Johnny Was a Shoemaker
Subject: RE: My Johnny was a Shoemaker - origins?
Good heavens! You write music software and you don't own a music dictionary? It is as MMario says, with the addition that it can also be used similarly to extend a rest, and placed over the double bar it indicates the end of the piece. The meaning he gives is the one most commonly used in the notation of folk music.

Enclosure in !! also works with some programs, I believe, but not with the ones I've tried. Too many clashes with other usages, I suspect.