tuplets with asterix

• Mar 24, 2014 - 20:55

I'm transcribing a jazz piece for piano, as an assignment, Oscar Peterson's Georgia On My Mind.
I have come across a small number of measures (see image attachment), where there are nested tuplets, but the parent tuplet has an asterix instead of a number.
I understand nested tuplets and can enter them, it is the asterix that I do not understand.
Not being knowledgeble in music, can anyone help in explaining this, and can it be done in musescore.
I could put in an arbitary numbered tuplet and change the number to an asterix, but it would not help me understand.

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You mean it has an asterisk (Asterix is a French cartoon character) and it seems to have an asterisk *as well as* a number. Could it just be used here like an asterisk in a text document i.e. there is a corresponding asterisk elsewhere (maybe at the beginning or end of the score) that explains the meaning and playing characteristics of the nested tuplets?

In reply to by underquark

Asterisk is correct, old age is creeping up too fast.
I think you are right about the bracketed asterisk, it only appears thru-out the score, where there are nested tuplets, maybe as a reminder to the instrumentalist.
As for an explaination, I cannot find it, as the book is entirely in Japanese.

...the asterisk and bracket denotes grouping into beats - to mitigate the visual complexity of the nested triplets?
Meaning something like this: NOT FOUND: 1

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