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    Hi. I am a composer. I did some online research but found no answer to this: how do I notate for small and large chimes?
    Regular or slash note head?
    Play as written or octave below/above? (I'm assuming they're not transposing)
    Up and down gliss on small chimes?

    Thank you!

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    By small chimes do you mean Glockenspiel? If so, write with regular noteheads on a treble staff, but it sounds two octaves higher. For a glissando, just write as you would on piano - notate the bottom and top notes, with a glissando line between them.

    Large chimes (Tubular Bells?) are also notated with regular noteheads on a treble staff, but what you hear is the fundamental tone of the note and the overtone that is one octave higher. It is this higher tone that is prevalent, and you should notate therefore an octave lower than you wish it to sound - write between the F below the staff to the F on the top line

    If you mean windchimes/mark tree, just use a regular notehead with a glissando line showing the general shape of the glissando that you want.

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    ISBN-10: 0130771619 | ISBN-13: 978-0130771612 | Publication Date: May 3, 2002 | Edition: 6
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    Hi. I am a composer. I did some online research but found no answer to this: how do I notate for small and large chimes?
    Regular or slash note head?
    Play as written or octave below/above? (I'm assuming they're not transposing)
    Up and down gliss on small chimes?

    Thank you!

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    I'll just go make an introduction post then! You'll never have seen me before because I signed up to answer this question!

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    The chimes notation description is not great, but this website is still a great resource, especially for composers:

    http://www.vsl.co.at/en/70/149/150/46.vsl


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