The <beam> element

Parent element: <note>

Beam values include begin, continue, end, forward hook, and backward hook. Each beam in a note is represented with a separate <beam> element with a different number attribute, starting with the eighth note beam using a value of 1.




Name Type Required? Description
color color No Indicates the color of an element.
fan fan No Beams that have a begin value may also have a fan attribute to indicate accelerandos and ritardandos using fanned beams. The fan attribute may also be used with a continue value if the fanning direction changes on that note. The value is none if not specified.
id ID No Specifies an ID that is unique to the entire document.
number beam-level No Indicates eighth note through 1024th note beams using number values 1 thru 8 respectively. The default value is 1.

Note that this attribute does not distinguish sets of beams that overlap, as it does for <slur> and other elements. Beaming groups are distinguished by being in different voices, and/or the presence or absence of <grace> and <cue> elements.
repeater yes-no No Deprecated as of Version 3.0. Formerly used for tremolos, it needs to be specified with a "yes" value for each <beam> using it.


This element is used in the following examples:

<alter> (Semitones), <barline>, <beam>, <bracket>, <chord> (Multiple Stop), <cue>, <extend> (Lyric), <forward>, <grouping>, <ipa>, <lyric>, <measure-distance>, <normal-dot>, <pedal> (Lines), <slur>, <staff>, <syllabic>, <tremolo> (Double), <tuplet-dot>, <tuplet> (Nested), <tuplet> (Regular), <unpitched>, <voice>, <wedge>, Tutorial: Après un rêve, Tutorial: Chopin Prelude, Tutorial: Percussion, Tutorial: Tablature