In LilyPond, why is the first (yellow marked) measure not aligned with the other measures? What is the way to fix it?

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    It's a setting in the notation program you're using. Tell us WHICH program and we can give specific help.
    – Laurence
    Sep 21, 2021 at 10:06
  • Frescobaldi Version 3.1.3
    – Tommy_tsa
    Sep 21, 2021 at 10:09

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In LilyPond, to get rid of indentation at the start of the piece of music you just need to include indent = 0 in the layout block.

The reason the indentation is there, is to leave some space for the instrument name.
It also makes the first line of the piece stand out (somewhat like indenting paragraphs in a body of text). This is especially useful when there are multiple piece over several pages.

  • The convention of an indented first stave often extends to scores where there ISN'T an instrument name there.
    – Laurence
    Sep 21, 2021 at 14:04

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