I'd like to get a hairpin to start at the beginning of a bar, when the bar begins with an acciaccatura, and I'm not having any luck.

This is what I want:


Here's what I've got instead:

What I've got

\version "2.18.2"
\language "english"
dynamics = {
 s2. |
 s8 \> s4 s4 s8 \!
\score {
  \relative c'' {
  \new PianoStaff <<
    \new Staff { \time 3/4 c4 e g | \acciaccatura{g,16 a} g8 a4 d f8 }
    \new Dynamics = "dynamics" \dynamics
    \new Staff { \clef "bass" c,,4 c' e | c e, g}
  \layout { }

I got the target image by ditching the dynamics staff and putting the hairpin directly into the treble staff, with the \> inside of the \acciaccatura{...}. I'd like to keep all of the dynamics markings in the dynamics staff if possible.

  • If the dynamics staff thing is a bad idea for a long complicated piano piece, I'm open to comments on that. – Jay Kominek May 27 '20 at 17:58

The dynamics staff thing is a good idea. Your problem is very simple: you put the hairpin at the first beat of the bar, but you need to put it "an 8th grace note before" that. Instead of

s8 \> s4 s4 s8 \!

just write

\grace{s16\> s} s8 s4 s s8\!

And, by the way, it's not needed to copy any particular rhythm with the contents of your Dynamics. So you can just write

\grace{s8\>} s2 s8 s\!

You can also play with it in a lilybin.

  • Ah! That's so simple! Thanks. Glad to hear I'm on track with the dynamics thing. – Jay Kominek May 27 '20 at 18:50

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