Behind Bars: General Conventions presents the basic principles, ground rules and conventions of notation in a definitive but concise guide. This book is the first section from the best-selling complete edition Behind Bars. It includes: Ground Rules; Chords, Dotted Notes and Ties; Accidentals and Key Signatures; Grace Notes, Arpeggiated Chords, Trills, Glissandos and Vibrato; Metre, Tuplets and Repeat Signs. 

Behind Bars is widely regarded as the indispensable reference book for composers, arrangers, teachers and stu¬dents of composition, editors and music processors. The author’s understanding of and passion for her subject has resulted in a book that is not only practical but also compellingly readable. 

“Elaine Gould… has written the equivalent of the Grove Dictionary for Notation.” 
Sir Simon Rattle