I'm trying to write the following in Lilypond notation:

Two ways of representing a 16th rest in between two 16th notes

As shown in the circled parts of the image, there are two different ways of representing a beam that spans a sixteenth note - a sixteenth rest - a sixteenth note

In one of them, the beam is broken at the rest, in the other it is not.

I am representing this as

c16[ r16 c16]

This gives me the lower of the two patterns circled in the image.

How to get both of the patterns in LilyPond notation?



1 Answer 1


You can typeset this using

\new RhythmicStaff
  \time 3/16
  16[ \once\set stemRightBeamCount = 1
      \once\set stemLeftBeamCount = 1
       r16 16]
  \time 9/16
  16[ r16 16] 16 16 r16 16 r r

and I don't see that using this at this place makes actual sense.

  • Aah .. I see, so beam counts can be set on rests as well, thanks! This example is from a book named "Sight Read Any Rhythm Instantly". I got the answer to my first question. As far as the second is concerned, what is the difference between the two and when would either one make sense?
    – saraf
    Nov 23, 2021 at 14:54

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