[Menvi-discuss] What do these mean?

kathleen at spellboundbraille.com kathleen at spellboundbraille.com
Mon Jun 3 10:11:54 EDT 2019

The Music Braille Code 2015 has an index of all the signs and their meanings.

You can download a PDF or BRF here:




In-accords are frequently used for two- and three-part inventions. 

Other times the parallels can be expanded to three and sometimes four lines, separating the individual voices instead of using in-accords.


Beaming is the process of using horizontal bars to connect 8th notes and smaller into groups, assisting the print reader in organizing the beats and the subdivisions. (And you’re not a dummy! Beaming is not used in braille music- the closest thing to it would be the grouping of 16th notes and smaller.)


Hope that helps!



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How can we find a list of these music symbols and just what they mean and then you need to be able to recognize them when they come up in the music.


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Subject: [Menvi-discuss] What do these mean?


Hey all, I’m a new member and I’m not sure what the purpose or meaning of some braille music symbols. I’ve listed them below, if it helps I came across most of these while attempting to read through Chopin’s first ballade. Hopefully it won’t be confusing without seeing the score. 


•accumulating arpeggio sign

•larger value and smaller value signs

•musical comma

•moving note sign

•in-accord whole measure or bar/in-accord part measure

•measure division sign


Last of all, what is the purpose and difference of the braille music codes? The three I came across were literary, music code, and music code CONT. 



Ton P



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