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    Guiro notation

    Does anyone know if the guiro demands a particular notation practice in a score? Is there an indication of scrape direction or length? I can't find anything on it in my reference materials.
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    Re: Guiro notation

    Through my experience, it really depends on the composer/arranger, just like most other percussion notation, staff position, etc. Though, typically you will see an arrow indicating a direction of scrape if specified. If the direction (up bing low to high, down being high to low) doesn't matter, then it is usually left off. For length, you can use stacatto and tenuto markings, or, as mentioned above, tremolo marks, but I find this to be a little ambiguous as it could be taken as rapid scrapes up and down. Hope this helps!
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    Re: Guiro notation

    Thanks to both of you for your help. I think I have something I can use.
    - Jamie Kowalski

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    Re: Guiro notation

    Quote Originally Posted by Skysaw View Post
    Thanks to both of you for your help. I think I have something I can use.
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    Re: Guiro notation

    Tried to paste an example but what the hay! I dunt know what you came across but the notation is the same as any other instrument example, quarters, eights, sixteenths, except there usually printed over each note an arrow designating either and upstroke or down stroke "scrape" on the guiro. The duration of the scrape is also dictated by the note value and or a tie to the next note and so on, and so on, and so on, and so on ... but don't take my woid for it, I'm only a concussionist!

    Does that sound fleasible dude dud dud dudie?
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    Re: Guiro notation

    Oh heck, I forgot about the little thingies below the notes that designate short or long scrapes. _ under a note is a long scrape, and . under is obviously a short scrape.
    Ezz this make sense to you sire?
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