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This expresses the score as a minimal length sequence of tunetext symbols. The Shortest Length format is the default Tunetext format, which the Excerpt Service and Workscore Composer produces when a user requests that an excerpt or score be translated into tunetext.

This is the Tunetext format that you should use when you are passing a Tunetext to another person when you want to share your work with them.

The SongTrellis Excerpt Service answers this kind of request fastest, because the least amount of translation processing is necessary to transform this kind of specification into a musical score.

Studying this translation can show you the fastest way that you could have transcribed this score (or any other) from printed sheet music into a format that SongTrellis server would recognize if you wanted to edit it with any of the SongTrellis score editing services (Tunetext, Workscore Composer, Excerpt Service, Animation Service) .

With a small amount of practice, you can learn to read a score and directly transcribe this kind of tunetext into a Tunetext Score Entry form, (accessed via so that you can edit it further or animate the music using SongTrellis site facilities.

Shortest Length Tunetext specifies pitches by use of pitch names (eg.g,c#,db), chords by chord name (eg, CMA7), rests by using the 'r' rest Operator, requires a new octave number specification, an integer number between 1 and 8, only when a note moves into a new octave range, and expresses the change of duration between runs of notes with identical durations using Duration Scaling Factor operators (eg. *3 (multiples last used duration by 3), /4 (divides last used duration by 4)) only when duration changes from one note to the next.

Using this scheme, runs of notes of identical duration that occur in the same octave range can be notated as lists of one or two character pitch names separated by commas (eg. a,bb,c#,d,eb). A format which demands that a full duration specification and octave number be included for each note could be six times larger than the best case note specification of a single character with a comma delimiter following (eg. 'a,' (two charcaters long) is more than six times smaller than 'use:1/16,4,a,', (thirteen characters long), which is the full Tunetext specification of a sixteenth note that is to be written in the fourth octave range on the pitch A. )

Each octave range begins with a selected C pitch and continues up to and including the B pitch above that , which is immediately below the C pitch that marks the beginning of the next octave range.

Last update: Wednesday, November 3, 2010 at 11:57 PM.