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• Apr 9, 2021 - 19:25

How can i merge this notes . Or is this not possible?

Just to make it easier for the students at this point.

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FWIW, I would claim this does the opposite of making it easier. Rhythms are understood through pattern recognition, and deliberately deviating from standard patterns just makes this harder to recognize.

In reply to by BSG

There is nothing wrong with this notation.
Sometimes I even use beams on rest for legibility (not in classical music works) .

Sometimes using four different groups of beams (eg: one up, one down, one straight, one up again) instead of seeing it in two groups also increases legibility (readability).

It is best to allow both types of writing.

In reply to by BSG

It's not wrong - different conventions predominate in different eras, and musicians accustomed to reading 17th and 18th centuries scores will be accustomed to that particular convention. But, the post here wasn't about that, it was creating music that would be simple for beginners. Unless the plan was to specifically train them for reading historical editions of Baroque music, I would suggest it's more to the point to use the standard modern conventions.

In reply to by Marc Sabatella

I just don't believe this. In my score, as well as in the Kyrie 1, the notes are logically, structurally, and acoustically in groups of 4, not 2. Are you trying to tell me that "laa-de-bomp-bomp" or "Kyyyy-ri-e e-" is no longer used in music, or is beyond "beginners", or an incorrect or obsolete way of thinking about 4 notes in that timing relationship?

In reply to by BSG

I'm just asking by wearing my devil's attorney hat (and the answer is obvious to me, but I have to deserve my lawyer fee) :)

Perhaps (without changing anything else) would this four-note grouping be more accurate if we substituted "2/2" instead of "C (4/4)"?
We can still use "quarter = nnn" as the basic metronome beat value.

In reply to by BSG

I am saying that if you check any modern edition of any recently-produced music, you will see the rule almost universally followed by editors today is, if sixteenths are present in a beat, then do not beam that beat with other beats. See for example Gould, "Behind Bars", page 153.

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