I have a problem with dotted note chords in LilyPond, for example:

\version "2.22.2"
\relative c
    <f' g a c>4.\arpeggio

This produces: close spaced chord with augmentation dots extending beyond the vertical range of the notes

For the sake of presentation, I am wondering is there a method to avoid showing the dot under line 1?

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Reducing the number of augmentation dots displayed for a close position chord can be achieved by changing the number of "extra" dots that can occur (from the default 3, to 1):
\once \override Staff.DotColumn.chord-dots-limit = #1

See this page of the internals for more details and related settings:

Depending on the particular voicing of the chord and where it sits on the staff, you might also need to move the dots up or down slightly:
\once \override Staff.Dots.staff-position = #1

See: https://lilypond.org/doc/v2.22/Documentation/internals/dots

  • Thank you, that was nice and neat~:)
    – Lei Peng
    Nov 11, 2023 at 5:34

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