"Checkmark" notation in music

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asoalin
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"Checkmark" notation in music

Post by asoalin » Wed Mar 23, 2011 10:40 pm

I have been scouring the web for this answer with no success, so I must ask. Can someone tell me what the checkmark-looking notation is in music? There are a lot of them in Suite de Trois Morceaux: Allegretto. It is a little checkmark just above the staff that occurs throughout the piece.
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Re: "Checkmark" notation in music

Post by fluttiegurl » Thu Mar 24, 2011 6:50 am

Some editors use check marks as breath marks or phrase markings.

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Re: "Checkmark" notation in music

Post by fingerbun » Thu Mar 24, 2011 7:12 am

Is it as per the explanation of 'breath mark" in this URL?

http://www.flutetunes.com/glossary.php?a=B

Asking because"checkmark" is a US term if I understand it correctly...what others would call a "tick". If this is correct, then I guess 'breath mark" is the term to use?

I am a rank beginner, so this is a question, not a statement.

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Re: "Checkmark" notation in music

Post by fluttiegurl » Thu Mar 24, 2011 7:19 am

Yes, this is an explanation of what I meant by breath mark. In many modern American notations, a breath is indicated by a comma above the staff. It simply tells the player where the editor suggests he/she breathes (takes in air) in the music.

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Re: "Checkmark" notation in music

Post by fingerbun » Thu Mar 24, 2011 7:22 am

Thanks and sorry for the dumb question...my musical background has its roots in rock and roll, and the bass guitar, and as you know guitarists have no idea how to read music :oops:

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Re: "Checkmark" notation in music

Post by asoalin » Fri Mar 25, 2011 7:22 am

Well, this clears up a lot! Thank you!
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Re: "Checkmark" notation in music

Post by peterk1 » Mon Mar 28, 2011 10:22 am

Sometimes you'll see the tick inside parentheses - that's usually a suggestion to take the breath there if you need it (a sort of "beginner's breath spot"), but you should try to be able to make it to the next tick not in parentheses [without passing out].

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