Re: Adding a multimeasure rest
Reply #16 –
the multi bar rest you want is already there. Characters ":" and ";". E.G the 20 bar rest in your example would be ":20;" - without the quotes of course. If you wanted to extend the rest line you can use "-" in pairs thus: ":-20-;" - again, no quotes.
In fact, much of what you want is there: sfz, tremolo's, bar repeats, 2 bar repeats, staccatissimo, up and down bow, horn stop, open, breve (square and round, though not the rest), dashed barline.
The ones that are not there are:
quarter tone accidentals, breve rests, and the "slap". Slash heads are available in NWC2, but only closed ones.
I didn't bother with 8va and 15ma as these are easily rendered as text.
Metronome marks are part of NWC already.
My main aim in producing the font suites was to be able to make good looking jazz charts. Thus SwingDings was the first suite done. It contains characters for making modern jazz charts clear and legible. I didn't make much allowance for historical glyphs as there is little use for them in the jazz environment. The charts must be clear and unambiguous. Readable at a glance, but in a style that the jazz musician is comfortable with.
I produce a lot of charts for myself to use in church. We have a huge reportoire, many of which I see less than once a year. When I first started using NWC I simply used the default fonts and was relatively happy. Then I started playing with fonts, and now I wouldn't go back to the more traditional forms by choice. There is something about the handwritten appearance that makes charts much more readable - they HAVE to be neat of course, but the handwritten style feels much more comfortable.
So my aim was primarily for modern/common useage in a jazz setting.
MusikDingsSans and MusikDingsSerif were literally afterthoughts. I did 'em 'cos I could. NWC2HiVisLP was purpose built for a lady whose husband has a vision impairment. Their popularity has amazed me.
Downloads as of today (allowing for 10% download managers):
SwingDings = 1218
MusikDingsSans = 479
MusikDingsSerif = 594
NWC2HiVisLP = 703
However, I think that better slash heads and the quarter tone accidentals are worthy of consideration.
The real difficulty I have with quarter tone accidentals is that there are many forms, not just the examples you have presented. Which ones do I choose - who do I disappoint? What are the most common ones? I don't use 'em, the music I see never has 'em so I have no feel for which are common and which are not.