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I have prepared a \header and I would like to increase the vertical space before my first stave, which also includes chords.

Is that also possible with LilyPond?

marked as duplicate by Dave, user45266, Tim H, ttw, Richard Mar 12 at 14:31

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The simplest approach would be to include a \markup \vspace #1 command before your score block. You can change the #1 to any value, including values with decimals.

\version "2.18.2"

\header {
  title = "This"

\markup \vspace #1 % change this value accordingly

sample = \relative c'' {

\score {
  \new Staff \sample
  \layout { }

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