X-shaped notes

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    I have encountered an x-shaped note-head with a quarter-note tail that represents a rhythm clap of a quarter note. I found the code for the note head (dots 26,12)in the music code book, but I'm not sure how to represent the quarter-note. Do I add the dot 6 to the second cell? How would I represent a rhythm clap of a different value?



    The sign for the x-shape (26, 12) is a prefix to the note. You can show the quarter note as whatever pitch it is written on. If there are four or more in a row, you can double the prefix by brailling the 12 cell twice. However, since a clap is not pitched, in this case I would use the prefix for a note of indeterminate pitch (26, 13). You will be correct whichever sign you choose to use.

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