I want a custom \breathe sign that can be freely positioned, like:

staff with comma type breath mark

I have some shortcut code for this:

place = #(define-music-function (parser location xy)
            \once \override TextScript.extra-offset = #xy

comma = \markup \musicglyph "comma"

used as \place #'(2 . 0) a2-\comma. However, it would be much nicer to be able to just write a2-\comma #'(2 . 0). Is there a way to accomplish this?

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The following works here:

comma = #(define-event-function (parser location xy)
            \tweak extra-offset #xy ^ \markup \musicglyph "comma"

{ a2\comma #'(2 . 0) }

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