Apologies for the rant which follows, but...
WHY do publishers of jazz-style music find it necessary to abandon ordinary music engraving styles and instead use some "mock" manuscript style of engraving?
I have a number of books where various styles of this kind are used, and it's frequently almost impossible to read the d*mned stuff. This is especially a problem when playing in an ensemble where you're sharing a music stand and therefore that bit further away from the music. I've found myself having to stop, lift the book up, ascertain which line or space the note is in (or what kind of rest is indicated - there are some styles where the crotchet rest sign is practically horizontal ) before resuming playing.
It doesn't make the music any better, and it's obviously not handwritten in fact (because it's in a published book - duh!), so why do they insist on doing it???
Not cool, and not clever.
[Rant ends. Thanks for listening!]
PS - Does this bug anyone else, or am I just turning into a grumpy old bag?