Lead end compositions - Overview
Lead-end compositions require you to specify exactly what is to happen at every calling position. Typically, this means you specify a sequence of plain leads with calls made at appropriate points. You may also specify method changes if you are defining a spliced composition. You can specify that sections of your composition are to repeat a certain number of times, thus you don't have to insert the same sequences over and over again.
You can use comments in your composition to make it easier to read.
Lead-end compositions are the only way to specify compositions for methods that have more than one calling position in the place notation. Stedman is perhaps the best known example, where the method is divided into sixes; however, the place notation is actually 12 changes long, resulting in two distinct calling positions, one at a slow six-end and one at a quick six-end (in triples and above).
Another example where it is necessary to use a lead-end composition is in (say) surprise major using half-lead calls. In this instance, "lead-end composition" is something of a misnomer, as you have to specify what Abel is to do at every possible calling position i.e. every half-lead. Thus a plain lead if you have defined half-lead calls in the current method has to be represented as "pp", which says that the first half lead is plain and so is the second half lead. A single at the half-lead followed by a bob at the lead end would be "s-".
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