# Lilypond v2.19 - How do I overlap noteheads?

I would like to have the notes overlap each other, so that only the stems are turned upward.

Here is the lilybin link http://lilybin.com/fr648f/1

The fix is to use `\mergeDifferentlyDottedOn`.

``````\version "2.19.55"
\score{
{
\time 2/4
\relative c'' {
\mergeDifferentlyDottedOn
<< {e16. f32 e e d16} \\ {e16 f e d c^5 b^3 c^5 e^0} >>
}
}

\layout{}
\midi{}
}
``````

• Oh wow, I didn't know of these commands. This is great (and should get the check mark), thanks! – Richard Aug 31 '18 at 17:43

Note: Consult the quicker, cleaner, and better fix in the other answer!

One fix here is to use LilyPond's `\override NoteColumn.force-hshift =` command as shown below. This moves the notehead your requested distance (`0.5` here). And since we only want to move this single notehead, we'll precede this command with `\once`, or else all subsequent noteheads will also be moved that distance.

``````\version "2.19.55"
\score{
{
\time 2/4
\relative c'' {
<<
{
e16. f32 e e d16
}
\\
{
%%% SEE FIX BELOW
\once \override NoteColumn.force-hshift = 0.5 e16 f e d
}
>>
}
}
\layout { }
}
``````