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Fingerings for 2 voices on the same staff in the same direction in LilyPond

I am having a hard time finding a way to get the fingering markings for two voices in the left hand, onto the same side of a single staff in LilyPond, like in the picture below: My aim is: to get ...
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Is there a way to use LilyPond with Visual Studio Code?

Some time ago I found a git repository with a Lilypond's syntax extension for VSCode. I looked it up within VSCode's extension finder, and it was there as well. And this extension is really useful, ...
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How can I use a custom text font in LilyPond?

I'm trying to use the "Hiragino Mincho ProN" font for Japanese text on the title, but I don't know how to use fonts, not even the other default ones (Sans and Typewriter). I don't have any ...
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lilypond & tin whistle

I have prepared a songbook including notes, chords and lyrics. Some songs are good for the guitar as accompanying instrument, but some of them also are played well with the tin whistle. Are there any ...
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Attach sustainOn/Off to notes that change between staffs

I am currently engraving a piano piece that has notes for the same hand changing between staffs quite often, although usually only at the end of a bar. I have kept the two PianoStaffs separate, so I ...
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How to split multi-voice lilypond scores to multiple midi outputs (e.g. for choir practice)

After spending long enough learning lilypond and writing scores for multiple voices, I've often run into the problem of generating individual voice midi/mp3 files from the score. I was surprised to ...
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How to lower the pitch with lilypond?

I discovered Lilypond and I'm testing it on hacklily.org. Yet, even if the documentation avout writing pitches mentions that if you want to have one octave up you should use ' and one octave down you ...
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Lilypond - Convert number to markup

I would like to create a shorthand for a compound markup command, say MVE #(define-markup-command (shorthand layout props text) (number-or-markup?) (interpret-markup layout props #{ \markup \bold \...
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How can I label staffs with the parts' purpose

How can I make parts in songs in lilypond? I am typsetting a leadsheet that also shows an 'Intro' Melody, has a Verse part etc and I want to mark that up in lilypond. A bit like "Verse", &...
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LilyPond - Adding dotted lines to “Table of Contents” TOC

I posted a question on here about two different coding techniques on how to add a table of contents to a LilyPond Book. I am kind of stuck with the solution in the first example, since it gives me the ...
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Beam larger note values in LilyPond

Here is some sample input: \relative c'' { \key g \minor d8^[ c] } This works as expected, beaming the two eighth notes together: When I do this with half notes, I get the following instead: \...
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LilyPond - “Table of Contents” TOC in different languages

I am working on a music-book using LilyPond with different languages (here English and German). I created a minimal working example (MWE) referring to a snippet that can be found here in the LilyPond ...
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How to create PDF document outline (TOC) with lilypond?

I have a document with multiple pieces and a Table of Contents. MWE: \markuplist \table-of-contents \tocItem "Song 1" \score { \new Staff { c d e } \header { piece = "Song 1&...
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How to create a spanner for a fingering in lilypond

I'm engraving scores for pipa, a sibling instrument of classical guitar (Pipa and guitar do have the same ancestor from central Asia). One of the most common right-hand fingering on pipa is called ...
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How to modify the style of the dashed line of a TextSpanner in Lilypond?

In Lilypond there is the TextSpanner object. I'd like to modify the default dashed line as follows: increase the thickness of the line increase the density of the dashes (the white spaces are too ...
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Slurs with arrows for glissando-alikes in Lilypond, how to?

I'm using Lilypond 2.20 on Ubuntu to engrave scores for the instrument pipa. Slurs with arrow is a very common notation in many east Asian music pieces. It sounds similar to glissando in some degree, ...
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How to adjust the vertical placement of markups in Lilypond

Using Lilypond 2.20 on Ubuntu 20.04. This code: ... %% fingering symbols fngaLong = \finger\markup{\box{\pad-markup #0.2 \override #'(font-name . "pipa") \fontsize #7 "a-"}} ... \...
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Clef of the lower staff does not look right in Lilypond, how to fix?

I am trying to engrave a pipa piece using Lilypond 2.20 on Ubuntu 20.04. The first several notes render like this: What do not look right: Clef in the lower part does not start with a bass symbol, ...
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How to use a customized font for fingering symbols in Lilypond

I am engraving a music score for an instrument called pipa. Someone else created a font for the pipa fingering and I want to use this font for the fingering symbols. I am using Lilypond 2.20 on Ubuntu ...
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How to change the symbol of time signature in Lilypond

Instead of the big C or numerical time signature, I must use the symbol "サ". This time signature "サ" is common in many Chinese music pieces, it means "freely". How do I ...
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Fitting lyrics to multiple rhythms with ossia stave

I'm trying to transcribe a song with a slightly different different number of syllables in different verses. To indicate this I'm using an ossia stave since writing the verses out multiple times would ...
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How to write a pickup measure with 5/16 duration in Lilypond?

I'm trying to write sheet music for a piece with a pickup measure of 5 sixteenth notes. Lilypond has the \partial command for this, but it only accepts a single duration. That duration may be dotted, ...
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How can I format an etude book and use my custom header using lilypond?

I am creating several etude books and would like to be able to use the custom header I've developed. The code for the header I use for solo and other works looks like this: evenHeaderMarkup = \markup {...
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Roman numeral analysis spacing in Lilypond

I'm doing analysis on a piece and using the roman-numeral-tool to add the roman numerals. \version "2.20" \language "italiano" \include "roman_numeral_analysis_tool.ily" ...
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Lilypond changing staves with tremolo on single notes

I'm on Lilypond 2.20 and trying to write a passage where I have several 8th notes tremolo'd to 16ths, and I'm trying to get them to change staves—but whenever I do, the beams glitch out and can't be ...
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Lilypond: Convenient code for basso continuo horizontal lines?

In basso continuo you sometimes want to place horizontal lines to indicate stable harmony. This is done in LilyPond using \bassFigureExtendersOn: \version "2.18.2" \score { << ...
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How can I have two voices in one staff in completely different colors, including accidentals, ledger lines and beams?

I cannot get the accidental and beam in voice two to be blue (bars 7-8), and if I include the ledger line override in voice two, it overrides the command in voice one (the ledger lines are black ...
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How can I add notes without affecting horizontal spacing in Lilypond?

I am making a video where I have basically a piano score. I want to show first a bare bones version of the tune and then gradually add parts with nothing else moving so that as the video plays, it ...
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lilypond rests making an empty whole measure

I am writing on lilypond the beautiful lyrical waltz of Shostakovitch and I am getting a whole measure empty. What I want to achieve is the following, But I am getting this: I'd tryied several ...
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LilyPond: Figured bass help - Vertical figure order with bass figure extenders on

I'm having a bit of trouble obtaining the desired result in the following example: \version "2.18.2" << \relative c' { e2 e, } \figuremode { \bassFigureExtendersOn ...
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How to write a slur to nothing in LilyPond?

Just like this: This is a Piano Staff, the example was created on MuseScore. The \laissezVibrer slur only creates a small slur. I don't mind whether the slur crosses the measure or not, I just don't ...
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Draw a guide line between piano staves in LilyPond

I am trying to reproduce a piano score in LilyPond. It has a straight dash line between a grace note in one staff and a chord in another. I tried using \change Staff, but it either breaks the grace ...
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Horizontal position of grace notes in LilyPond

I am trying to recreate this sort of grace note alignment in lilypond. As it stands, what I have is this: This is the code I have: \grace {bes16~ c'~ f'~} <bes c' f' bes'>4\lv \grace {cis,16~ ...
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Lilypond: how to align lyrics vertically if the melody is split into variables?

In Lilypond, I'd like to split a melody into variables in order to easily see which syllables belong to which notes. Unfortunately, I am doing it in a way that seems to mess up the vertical alignment ...
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Placing lyrics above the staff in LilyPond

In the following MWE, I somehow can't find a way to place the lyrics above the staff: \version "2.19.84" soprano = { c''4 d'' e'' } alto = { g' a' b' } tenor = { c' d' e' } words = ...
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Exporting tabs from TuxGuitar to Lilypond

I am writing tabs from TuxGuitar and then export it to lilypond (Because I find it easier to do it in TuxGuitar). Here before exporting it to lilypond everything seems nice: But when I export and ...
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How to get note names below staff in Lilypond?

I am a beginner at creating scores with Lilypond and I wonder if is there any way to make Lilypond automatically put note names below the staff (or above)? I searched the documentation but could not ...
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New to Lilypond, I want a guitar chord box above each bar of the staff , does anyone have a template?

I am new to Lilypond, I want to print blank guitar chord box(es) above each of the 32 bars of the blank staff , does anyone have a template?
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Use of fractional time signatures in Lilypond

I am trying to recreate this time signature of 2 and a half over 4 in lilypond. I cannot figure out how to get the fraction in there, and for this project, I am required to keep as many engraving ...
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Writing dynamics separately with Lilypond

I've recently been engraving more and more with Lilypond, and I stumbled upon a .ly file on Mutopia (public domain scores engraved with Lilypond) where the dynamics and articulations are written ...
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How to write after a score wih Lilypond

So I want to write not just at the end of a score, but after it, like the dal segno on this snippet : I find it really neat, but don't find how to do it. It is not a text script, spanner or mark. It ...
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Aligning cross-staff stems when the same pitch is involved with Lilypond

I am engraving a bit for piano, where there is a chord spanning cross staff (played with the left hand). One of the pitches of the chord also appears on the right hand, and that messes up my engraving,...
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Printing all accidentals with Lilypond

I am trying to print all the accidentals within a staff (or within the score, both would work) while engraving with Lilypond. Currently, it's because I'm engraving 80+ bar, multi-staff unmetered music ...
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Changing the size of all grace notes with Lilypond

I am trying to change the size of all grace notes within a staff (or within the score, both would work) while engraving with Lilypond. The documentation on the grace engraver is not the most ...
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Custom text in volta with Lilypond

I'm trying to put custom text in voltas when engraving with Lilypond. The problem is not to add text, but to add it with the formatting I want. I am aware that a similar question was asked and ...
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How to separate introduction from main theme with Lilypond

I'm trying to reproduce a music sheet with Lilypond, and it has an introduction separate from the main theme, but still on the same "line / staff / group of staves", just like so : And I don't know ...
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How to typeset a chord with variable note length in Lilypond?

I am typesetting a score using Lilypond but I am struggling with the following bar: I tried <fa la> <<fa4 {la8 sib}>> … but it does not render properly. Global settings. \version "...
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Correct way to hide/suppress the sustainOff symbol?

In Lilypond, I'm engraving a chunk of piano music which uses the Ped. symbol, but does not use the corresponding * to end the pedalling. Here's a chunk of code which gets the right visual result: \...
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In LilyPond, can I automatically center markup on a slur/tie?

For some teaching examples I'm making, I'm looking to label slurs and ties. I'd like the label to be placed in the center of the slur automatically, much like LaTeX's midway stipulation. I can move ...
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Aligning the start of a hairpin at the start of a bar despite acciaccatura

I'd like to get a hairpin to start at the beginning of a bar, when the bar begins with an acciaccatura, and I'm not having any luck. This is what I want: Here's what I've got instead: \version "2....

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