Step 6 - Enter the lyrics
We’re almost done. Entering the words of the song is pretty straight forward. There are a few techniques that we use to fix the alignment of notes to words and we’ll list those special symbols up front in the following table.
(hyphen) break between syllables with a word
w: re-lieved (2 notes)
(underscore) previous syllable is held for extra note
w: That_ (2 notes)
One note is skipped (* is a blank syllable)
w: That * (2 notes)
Appears as a space; multiple words under one note
w: 1.~When (1 note)
Appears as a hyphen; multiple syllables under 1 note
Advances to the next bar
To chose which style of notes you want, “7 shape”, “4 shape” or “normal-oval” simply click your choice in the “Rendering Selections” menu:
Figure 11 - Rendering Selections Menu
So here is our completed abc tune: (Again, you can use cut-and-paste, or even easier, you can clear the input area and press the button “Amazing Grace” in the “Sample” section on the web page.)
C:Lyric Author: John Newton / Early American Melody
V:S clef=treble name=""
V:A clef=treble name=""
V:T clef=bass name=""
V:B clef=bass name=""
%%score (S A) (T B)
% Measures 1 - 7
[V:S] (E/ F/) | A2 (c/ A/) | c2 B | A2 F | E2 (E/ F/) | A2 (c/ A/) | c2 (B/ c/) | He2 |
[V:A] (C/ D/) | C2 (E/ C/) | E2 D | C2 D | C2 (C/ D/) | C2 (E/ C/) | E2 A | HG2 |
w:1.~A_maz-ing_ grace! How sweet the sound! That *saved a_ wretch like me!
w:2.~'Twas_ grace that_ taught my heart to fear, And * grace my_ fears re-lieved.
w:3.~Thro'_ man-y_ dan-gers, toils, and snares I * have al_read-y come.
w:4.~When_ we've been_ there ten thou-sand years, Bright, * shin-ing_ as the sun,
[V:T] A, | E,2 A, | A,2 G, | A,2 A, | A,2 A, | E,2 A, | A,2 A, | HB,2 |
[V:B] A,, | A,,2 A,, | A,,2 E, | F,2 D, | A,,2 A,, | A,,2 A,, | A,2 F, | HE,2 |
% Measures 8 - 14
[V:S] (B/ c/) | e2 (e/ c/) | A2 (F/ E/) | A2 F | E2 (E/ F/) | A2 (c/ A/) | c2 B | HA2 |
[V:A] G | A2 (A/ E/) | E2 (D/ C/) | F2 D | C2 (C/ D/) | C2 (E/ A/) | G2 G | HE2 |
w:I once was_ lost but_ now am found; Was_ blind, but_ now I see.
w:How pre-cious_ did that_ grace ap-pear The_hour I_ first be-lieved!
w:'Tis grace hath_ brought me_ safe thus far, And_ grace will_ lead me home.
w:We've no less_ days to_ sing God's praise Than_ when we_ first be-gun.
[V:T] E | C2 (C/ A,/) | C2 A, | A,2 A, | A,2 A, | A,2 (A,/ C/) | E2 D | HC2 |
[V:B] E, | A,2 A, | A,2 A, | D,2 D, | A,,2 A, | F,2 E, | E,2 E, | HA,,2 |
Figure 12 - Competed abc tune: Amazing Grace
And the sheet music in the 7 shape note tradition is below (with the stylesheet directive of: “%%pagewidth 11in”.
Figure 13 - Amazing Grace in the 7 shape note tradition
With the notes finished, we'll enter the words.
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