# Multi-measure percent repeats in lilypond

I'm trying to copy a score that indicates the repeat of a 4-bar phrase that has the 4 repeat bars laid out on the sheet, with a single (4-slash) percent-repeat symbol symbol in the middle, sort of like this:

   | music | music | music | music |

4
|       |       %       |       |


The snippets don't help me with this.

Note: I'm using ver. 2.14, so it might just be that my version is somewhat old.

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The third image in lilypond.org/doc/v2.15/Documentation/notation/… shows percent repeat signs that are good for several bars. Is that not what you want? –  Kilian Foth Jun 24 '13 at 12:35
No, I've only seen percent's applied to chunks <=2 measures; I want lilypond to recognize that I have a 4-bar phrase, and lay-out the 4-bars, with an appropriate repeat symbol (but not fill in the music) –  Dave Jun 24 '13 at 13:03
@Dave - perhaps posting an image of the excerpt from the score you are trying to copy will help clarify exactly what you are asking. Frr me personally, I am thinking of a few different possibilities concerning what you're looking for. –  jjmusicnotes Jun 24 '13 at 21:14
I second jjmusicnotes. –  SuperMusicman Sep 23 '13 at 1:06

Maybe adapting the "Isolated percent repeats" snippet may help: just replace the whole note by a longa:


makePercent =
#(define-music-function (parser location note) (ly:music?)
"Make a percent repeat the same length as NOTE."
(make-music 'PercentEvent
'length (ly:music-length note)))

\relative c'' {
c1 | d1 | c1 | b1 \break
\makePercent s\longa \break
c1 | c4 d4 b4 f4 | a1 a1 \bar "|."
}



will result in:

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