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For parts where the percussionist switches from vibraphone to maracas, for example, is there a way to combine the two on the same staff? IIRC, LilyPond treats normal staves and percussion staffs completely separately.

  • Did you check the Lilypond Documentation online (lilypond.org/doc/v2.18/Documentation/notation/…)? It is totally possible to combine different percussion instruments in one staff. If the documentation does not contain your specific problem, please explain a bit more detailed what you want to achieve. – Jasper Habicht Oct 14 at 17:53
  • I was specifically referring to pitches and unpitched instruments sharing a staff. \drummode is completely useless for the vibraphone sections of the part: the vibes need normal note entry. – cjm Oct 14 at 19:45
  • Okay, I understand. But I fear the only thing you can try is just using a pitched staff for the maracas as well. If you need midi output you can add an invisible additional drum staff that is just used for midi output. – Jasper Habicht Oct 14 at 21:11
  • Say the maracas are a B-flat and override the staff to have one line and give an x notehead? – cjm Oct 14 at 22:01
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I fear the only thing you can try is to just use a pitched staff for the maracas. You can adjust the visibility of accidentals and the line count of the system with overrides.

I am not fully sure, how your score will look in the end, but perhaps you could start like this:

\version "2.18.2"

startMaracas = {
  \stopStaff
  \override Staff.StaffSymbol.line-count = #1
  \override Staff.Accidental.stencil = ##f
  \override NoteHead.style = #'cross
  \startStaff
  \once \override Staff.BarLine.bar-extent = #'(-2 . 2)
}

endMaracas = {
  \stopStaff
  \revert Staff.StaffSymbol.line-count
  \revert Staff.Accidental.stencil
  \revert NoteHead.style
  \startStaff
}

\score {
  <<
  \new Staff {
    c'4^\markup{ "Vibraphone" } d' e' f' 
    c'4 d' e' f' 
    \startMaracas 
    bes'4^\markup{ "Maracas" } bes' bes' bes'
    bes'4 bes' bes' bes'
    \endMaracas 
    c'4^\markup{ "Vibraphone" } d' e' f' 
    c'4 d' e' f' 
  } 
  >>
}

Rendering as:

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You can add the following function to your code if you want to use \changeInstrument "maracas" or \changeInstrument "somethingelse" instead of the defined macros:

changeInstrument = #(define-music-function (parser location instrument) (string?)
  (if (equal? instrument "maracas") 
    #{ \startMaracas #}
    #{ \endMaracas #} ) 
  )
  • Could \startMaracas and \endMaracas be refactored to \instrumentSwitch "vibes" and \instrumentSwitch "maracas" (with the accompanying instrument switch definitions more or less identical to your start & end maracas definitions)? – cjm Oct 15 at 2:41
  • You could add a short scheme function to redefine your code. See my edit. – Jasper Habicht Oct 15 at 8:41
  • 2
    I've been studying the score for a concert band piece lately (Shadow Rituals by Michael Markowski), and in that piece, I've seen unpitched percussion instruments share five-line staves with pitched percussion instruments. – Dekkadeci Oct 15 at 10:20

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