academie: Playford question

Oxford, David dmo at
Mon Jul 9 07:59:56 PDT 2001

>> In Playford, what do the lines with the dots above
>> them signify?  (Example: Sides all. _._ That again.
>> _:_ )

Go to the very front of the book (like the 4th page or something), and it is
explained thusly...

  _._  Stands for a strain playd once. 
  _:_  Stands for a strain playd twice. 
  _.:_ Stands for a strain playd thrice, &c. 

Basically it's a reference to the repeat structure of the music relative to the
dance steps.


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