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I'd like to score a congas part in lilypond, but I can't figure out how.

I've found the lilypond documentation on it here, but I can't understand it, especially this bit:

There are also other layout possibilities. To use these, set the property drumStyleTable in context DrumVoice.

Please, if someone could just show me an example conga staff and part it would be great

I just need to know how to set up a staff for the congas.

Currently I achieved this:

But it is with improper technique (I just used a normal staff and changed the number of staff lines,) so I can't show open/slap/etc. tones and the staff lines appear too close together.


Just realised my question might be a bit unclear, so here I will describe what I would like to see in an answer:

The perfect answer really just needs to be a code snippet which contains lilypond code which compiles into a congas staff and a congas part. If you could also show how to display the different tones that would be great, e.g.:

\new DrumStaff {
    \style = congas
    \cgho \cgl
}

with a picture of what is produced.


What I'm aiming for:

but on two lines like this:

  • What do you want the conga notation to look like when you're done with it? I've seen more than one kind of conga notation. Can you include a picture of conga notation (done by someone else) that looks right to you? – Todd Wilcox Mar 25 '16 at 12:33
  • @Todd done, although it doesn't really matter, I just want someone's example/implementation of lilyponds documentation. I just can't understand what the docs are trying to tell me to do. – theonlygusti Mar 25 '16 at 12:59
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    Partway down this page lilypond.org/doc/v2.18/Documentation/notation/… is a "congas-style" section. Note that if you click on the notation you will be provided with the lilypond source that produced that notation. – Dave Mar 25 '16 at 15:40
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I figured out how to create the effect I wanted:

The secret was in using the Staff.StaffSymbol.line-positions property, so the code I have now looks like this:

#(define mycongas '(                     % I need this table because
         (losidestick cross #f -2)       % the notes need to be
         (loconga () #f -2)              % re-positioned onto the
         (openloconga () "open" -2)      % new staff lines, hence the
         (muteloconga () "stopped" -2)   % final number of each
         (hisidestick cross #f 2)        % line (2 or -2).
         (hiconga () #f 2.2) 
         (openhiconga () "open" 2) 
         (mutehiconga () "stopped" 2) 
         (conga () #f 2.2) 
         (openconga () "open" 2) 
         (muteconga () "stopped" 2) 
       ))

\new DrumStaff \with {
  instrumentName = #"Congas "
  shortInstrumentName = #"Cng. "
  drumStyleTable = #(alist->hash-table mycongas)
}
\drummode {
  % sets the number of staff lines and where they are positioned
  \override Staff.StaffSymbol.line-positions = #'(-2 2)
  cgho8. ssh16 cgho8 ssh8 cgho8. ssh16 cgho8 cglo8 |
}

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