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Thread #54089   Message #835780
Posted By: GUEST,derrymacash
27-Nov-02 - 11:49 AM
Thread Name: Help: Indicating rests in tablature
Subject: RE: Help: Indicating rests in tablature
Áine ...

Thanks for yet another plug, a chara.

What I generally do is to write REST vertically.

See, for example, the trad tune The Spring Well (

Or my own jig, full of pregnant pauses, Boxing Day In Kane's (

Does this help?

The thing about writing out tab manually, as I do, is that I find myself having to improvise, hence my use of symbols such a ~ to indicate ornamented notes, / to indicate half-notes, S to indicate staccato notes, and for dotted rhythms /_|and |_/ (strathspey and hornpipe type rhythms respectively). I usually add notes at the bottom of the piece if there's an odd quirk or two.

Aidan Crossey