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Here is some sample input:

\relative c'' {
  \key g \minor
  d8^[ c]
}

This works as expected, beaming the two eighth notes together:

beamed eighth notes

When I do this with half notes, I get the following instead:

\relative c'' {
  \key g \minor
  d2^[ c]
}

unbeamed half notes

when I want this:

beamed half notes

How do I manually beam notes greater than an eighth note in duration?

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  • 2
    Are you intending on using this notation to represent a tremolo? or something else? Commented Nov 30, 2020 at 9:10
  • @ElementsinSpace I'm using LilyPond to engrave assignments for my Schenkerian analysis course, so I would be beaming together the notes of the Urlinie. Commented Nov 30, 2020 at 17:07

2 Answers 2

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If you simply want the eighth-notes to be hollow then use this

\relative c'' {
  \key g \minor
  \override NoteHead.duration-log = #1
  d8^[ c]
}

the notes still take up the same length as a regular eighth.

If you want them spaced as half notes you might need something like this

\relative c'' {
  \key g \minor
  \override NoteHead.duration-log = #1
  d8^[ s4. c8] s4.
}

D

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  • The value #1 is the log2 of the duration from which the note head is taken, so 0 for a whole note, 1 for a half-note, 2, for a quarter-note, 3 for an eighth-note, etc. 3.1.95 NoteHead
    – Anonymous
    Commented Jan 22, 2023 at 8:15
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That's very similar to the symbol for a tremolo repeat, eighth notes (quavers) of C and D, taking up the total time of a half note (minim). In LilyPond you would write:

\repeat tremolo 2 {d8 c}

But in you image you have that symbol taking up a full bar in 4/4 time, which is a whole note (semibreve) long. If you really want it to take up this amount of time you would have to distort the duration of the notes like this:

\repeat tremolo 2 {d8*2 c}

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