Ties are indicated by attaching
[ to the starting note of a tie,
] on the ending note. For intermediate notes in a tied group,
the underscore character
_ indicates a previous tie ends on the note
at the same time that a tie starts to the next note.
There are two ways to control the placement of ties on the staff. When a tie needs to be placed in an arbitrary position, use one of the following two systems.
By layout parameters
!LO:T: layout prefix indicates that the layout parameter applies
to the tie in the next data token in the spine. To force the tie above
the staff, add the parameter
a, which is short for
a=true. To force the
tie below the staff, add the parameter
By RDF records
When tie orientations need to be adjusted often in a score, a more compact way of encoding them is to use an RDF record:
In the above example, the
< character is defined as a qualification
on the tie to force it below the staff, and
> is used to force
the tie above the staff. These characters must immediately follow
[ (or ‘_’) character representing the tie start. Other positions in
the token will cause slur or beam to be oriented up or down, and
placing the above/below signifiers after a note will move it to the
next staff above or below the current one.
Ties on chords
When a chord possesses two or more ties, they can be oriented above or below
using either of the two methods described above. For controlling the orientation
using a layout command, add
n=1 to the layout parameter to modify only the
tie on the first note,
n=2 for the second note, and so on.
Dashed and dotted ties
Layout parameters can be prefixed to the starting token of a tie to display the tie as dotted or dashed lines.
The layout prefix
!LO:T: means that the layout parameter applies
to a tie in the next data token. To display the tie as a dashed
line, add the parameter
dash which is equivalent to
To display the tie as a dotted line, add the parameter
Ties can be colored by giving an SVG color as a
color layout parameter:
Disjunct tied notes
Sometimes ties connect two notes that are not directly adjacent. This usually occurs in the case of written out arpeggios. In such cases, double the tie signifier to indicate that the ending note of the tie does not directly follow the starting note of the tie.
Notice that the last sixteenth note is adjacent to the chord to which all of the notes are tied, so it has a regular tie signifier.
Cross-staff tied notes
Cross-staff ties (in particular for piano music), can be created using an RDF record as in the following example:
The RDF record
N = linked is used to create the link between the two
tie endpoints in the data. The link signifier must come immediately
in front of the tie signifiers in the data. And the matching tie can be
either adjacent or disjunct on the other staff.