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moon shadow
01-08-2005, 05:58 PM
Hi everyone,

Does anyone here know if there's musical notation that's used to indicate that certain notes are to be played either behind the beat or ahead of it? Any help would be appreciated.

01-08-2005, 08:45 PM
Usually "lay back" is written over top of notes on jazz charts that are suppose to be behind the beat. But that's more along the lines of lagging the beat, not just playing on the end of it.

I'm not sure about ahead of the beat. For the life of me I can't remember if there is a 'right' way to notate pushes, which could possibly have something to do with it.

Both of these are going to be somewhat difficult to notate because so much of it is open to interpretation. Even something like "swing" for a feel runs into the same problems. Well, do you want me to swing like a 30's big band? or like Monk? Two completely different things.

01-09-2005, 02:10 PM
or maybe rests, ties and dotted notes?

what are you after moon shadow?

moon shadow
01-09-2005, 05:47 PM
What I meant was notes being played slightly behind or ahead of the beat. So slightly that dotted notation might not be practical.

01-10-2005, 01:51 PM