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These are the notes that LilyPond is producing

Connected eighth notes

How do I make the notes look like this instead? (I edited this image, sorry if the last eighth note looks bad)

Unconnected eighth notes

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Instead of

c8\> d! c d c r8\!

try

c8[\> d!] c[ d] c r8\!

The square brackets override LilyPond's defaults in beaming quavers.

Addendum

Refer to LilyPond's documentation regarding changing the default beaming behavior for more info on how to customize how you want LilyPond to beam the quavers.

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You can manually set the beam start and ends with [ and ]:

%%  APPROACH 1  %%
\relative c'' {
    \time 3/4
        c8[\> d!] c[ d] c r8\!
}

If you want to simply override the beam exceptions (3/4 has an exception that prefers up to 6 quavers per beam)

%%  APPROACH 2  %%
\relative c'' { 
    \time 3/4
    \set Timing.beamExceptions = #'()       
        c8\> d! c d c r8\!      
}

See: http://lilypond.org/doc/v2.18/Documentation/notation/beams#setting-automatic-beam-behavior


If you want more manipulatable code that overrides all the time signature settings, so that the the beams appear in your preferred locations:

%%  APPROACH 3  %%
\relative c'' { 
    \overrideTimeSignatureSettings
        3/4        % timeSignatureFraction
        1/4        % baseMomentFraction
        #'(1 1 1)  % beatStructure
        #'()       % beamExceptions
    \time 3/4
        c8\> d! c d c r8\!      
}

See: http://lilypond.org/doc/v2.18/Documentation/notation/displaying-rhythms#time-signature

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