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Lilypond avoid \melisma code

To align lyrics to music properly, instead of using \melisma and \melismaEnd, I found this method: \version "2.20.0" ... \addlyrics { Che -- _ _ _ ta -- na __ _ _ _ } Is this ok? or is better to ...
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Lilypond: How to write - when the left hand should play more than the number of notes per bar as per the time signature

This is what I am aiming for: How can I tell LilyPond that the c1 in the first three measures is to be played by the thumb of the left hand in parallel with the other three notes also played by the ...
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lilypond - how to hide an accidental

I am writing a JS Bach manuscript in lilypond. I want to just write what he wrote without adding any editorial stuff... and I am kind of struggling with accidentals. In (at least) this manuscript (BWV ...
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Instrumental intro on "Piano and melody with lyrics" score in LilyPond

I am creating a LilyPond piano/vocal score starting with the Template A.3.2 Piano and melody with lyrics. In my piece, there will be several bars of instrumental introduction before the vocal line ...
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Lilypond: Putting left hand notes on treble clef - one more question

Similar to my earlier question - How to put Left hand notes on the treble clef But this still has me stumped - This is what I am trying to achieve: This is what I am getting: My right hand is: \...
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Multiple staccato dots on minim with tremolo repeat in Lilypond

I'm writing a piano reduction of Gustav Mahler's 4th Symphony (to help study the score and practice music notation, but mainly just for kicks 'n' grins) using GNU LilyPond. (Yes, I know, I'm totally ...
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How to put Left hand notes on the treble clef

I want to put a note to be played by the left hand on the treble clef - using LilyPond. How can this be done? What I want to achieve is like this: This is how my code looks right now: Right Hand: \...
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How to represent beams broken with rests in lilypond

I'm trying to write the following in Lilypond notation: As shown in the circled parts of the image, there are two different ways of representing a beam that spans a sixteenth note - a sixteenth rest -...
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How to annotate staff with beat numbers in Lilypond?

I would like to annotate a RhythmicStaff with Beat Numbers - as in the following picture: Perhaps, one could use the '_' character after a note to add numbers connected to a note at the beginning of ...
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Lilypond: How can I write Lyrics without notes?

For some files, I want to add lyrics only, using Lilypond. And for some texts I want to add ties in the lyrics, I don't know how to format it probably like a normal text. Can I use ties in markup mode,...
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Fragment of a bar before break when transitioning to staff group

Here is a demonstration of what I want to achieve. A single staff for a few measures, then additional staves joining to form a staff group: However, with a key signature, I get an additional fragment ...
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Lilypond: natural+flat accidental in front of the note

I can not find a way to have both a natural and a flat accidental in front of a single note. How can I get this in LilyPond?
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align markup to bottom of page

I have some music where I put the stanzas below: \version "2.20.0" #(set! paper-alist (cons '("size8" . (cons (* 8 cm) (* 8 cm))) paper-alist)) \paper { #(set-paper-size "...
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Glissando without a final note too long

I've tried different methods to have a glissando without a final note. The problem is that the glissando sign is too long whatever the hidden note is. I need a short glissando sign. Is that possible? ...
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how to disconnect two notes

I’m rewriting a sheet of music where the first two notes are separate, but lilypond connect them. How to disconnect those two 1/8 notes? Thanks. see exemple: http://lilybin.com/rexyws/1
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"Wrong number of arguments to #<procedure #f (music)>" when trying to execute a snippet from Lilypond Documentation

I'm trying to use the code from a snippet found on the official documentation on "Displaying pitches" (scroll down to "Known issues and warnings"): \version "2.18.2" ...
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Repeat bar errors

I'm triyng to have the second line open at the end as the first. But with repeats bar at the third line the second line get a bar and if I try to overrite with \once \hide Staff.BarLine also the bar ...
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Add special text and sign marks to measures

I wonder what is the best way to add the yellow signs and text (attached) in LilyPond code?
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enhance woodwind diagram for eight holes

Hi there, A code for changing woodwind diagram from six holes into seven holes is shown below. Can someone help to change it to eight holes as shown in picture below? \version "2.22.1" % ...
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Manipulating the appearance of instrument names and staff group names

In Lilypond, I am trying to change the appearance of instrument names and staff group names. Below are two images; the first is what I currently have and the second is the look I am trying to achieve. ...
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Doubling part's staves in LilyPond

I am trying to typeset some music in Lilypond, where there is a player doubling on an auxiliary instrument. I would like the 2nd flute player to change to 2nd piccolo. But I also want the staves to ...
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Lilypond error: Loose column does not have right side to attach to

in every song that I compile there is the message: "programming error: " but at the same time Frescobaldi says: "Completed successfully in 1.9" Why that error? Lilypond code below: ...
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How do I write hairpins and dynamics between staves in LilyPond?

Here's a minimal example of the sort of result I want to produce in LilyPond. (This was produced in Finale.) Notice that the crescendo-stop, f, and decrescendo-start align with a note in the bottom ...
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how to force lyrics under manually beamed notes

If I do not specify any manual beams and let the algorithm do it, lyrics are put at each note: \relative { g'4 e8 g8 g4 e8 g } \addlyrics { a b c d e f } But if I do it manually and forbid the ...
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Why is my LilyPond code not including barlines?

I really do not understand why no barlines appear in my simple LilyPond code. Here a part of my code: \version "2.22.1" % this is my first score \language "english" \header { ...
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Can't find in Lilypond docs - how to place notes in a chord?

How do I tell Lilypond which side of a stem I want individual chord tones on? With a simple chord in single angle brackets, like <e g b> <e a c>, the note heads all go to the left (default)...
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Move tempo signature up from staff

In the code example below, I'd like to move the tempo signature "Slow 80" on the sheet music a little bit up. Is this possible? \header { title = "test" subtitle = "123&...
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align notes vertically disregarding their duration

I am trying to make a book page for explaining different notes and their durations. What I currently get is this: How can I align the notes vertically? (i.e., spacing in each line should be as in the ...
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Error and flat notes

Lilypond gives me an error in the second line but I can't find out where it is. Plus in the last line all the F note are flat (ff) but the second F note even if it is written correctely do not show ...
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Triplet round instead of square [duplicate]

I'd like to use a round bracket instead the square bracket for the Triplets but I can't find a solution. Here the exemple with regular square bracket: http://lilybin.com/iqdj8r/1 Thank you!
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outsource inside-lyrics markup as custom command

I have some music with lyrics. Inside the lyrics is a markup: \relative { e'4 e d f g a } \addlyrics { ha -- cky me -- lis -- ma \once \override LyricText.extra-offset = #'(-0.11 . 0) \markup ...
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markup that allows overlap

How do I make my footer allow overlapping with other markup? I have defined my footer to show page numbering: \paper { oddFooterMarkup = \markup \fill-line { "" \on-the-fly #print-...
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Space the score notes evenly

Is there a way in LilyPond to space the score notes evenly? In the sample image made with LilyPond 2.22.01 the notes are not equally spaced. Edit The idea is to get all the notes to be spaced equally ...
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lilypond scheme function optional argument

How do I make an argument in a scheme function optional? This says A Scheme type predicate for which argN must return #t. There is also a special form (predicate? default) for specifying optional ...
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correctly calling a lilypond scheme function

I have some general questions regarding calling a scheme function which I will ask using the following example code (which gives no errors and produces an output pdf): \version "2.20.0" ...
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Add text at the end of the score in LilyPond

Is it possible to add a text at the end of the score like in this example?
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Frescobaldi does not create files

I am using LilyPond with Frescobaldi editor. It sometimes happens that Frescobaldi stops working, that is: If I change something in the .ly file (e.g. some string) and hit the Lilypond button (or ...
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two alternatives for one song in a bookpart

I am making a music book where each song is on its own page. The code for each song is: title = ... music = ... \bookpart { \header { title = \title } \score { \music \layout { } } ...
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Installing lilypond on Big Sur

Has anyone here installed lilypond on Big Sur (Mac)? The .dmg file and brew install --cask lilypond both informed me that the distributed version of lilypond only work with macOS versions up to Mojave....
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Lilypond: modifying woodwind diagrams

Regarding woodwind diagram in LilyPond as: \markup { \center-column { \override #'(size . 0.7) { \woodwind-diagram #'flute #'((cc . (oneF two three four five six)) (lh . (...
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Left aligning copyright in Lilypond

Is it possible to left-align the copyright information in Lilypond instead of the default center-alignment?
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LilyPond play pitches

Is there a way to play the notes on LilyPond? I mean when using the Crescendo notation editor or MuseScore, there is a play button that can play the sound or complete piece.
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align end of melisma extender line with last melisma note

This is a follow-up question to this answer. I have a melisma defined like so \relative { c'4. e8 g4 c a c8 a g2 } \addlyrics { Al -- le Vö -- gel sind schon __ _ da, } which gives me this output:...
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melisma extender line minimum length

I have this kind of music containing a melisma: \relative { c'4. e8 g4 c a c8 a g2 } \addlyrics { Al -- le Vö -- gel sind schon __ _ da, } I get this: The melisma extender line (after schon) is ...
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Measure alignment in LilyPond

In LilyPond, why is the first (yellow marked) measure not aligned with the other measures? What is the way to fix it?
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Sharp and flat errors

Why does an error occur during using sharp or flat? I just added a few more notes with "is" or "es" to my code: \relative { %\key g \minor % \...
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melisma extender line up to punctuation mark

I use Lilypond 2.20.0. I have music and lyrics with a melisma defined like this: music = { \relative { \numericTimeSignature \time 4/4 c'4 e g a } \addlyrics { foo __ _ _! ...
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How to change the MIDI tempo with scheme?

I would like to create a function which would automate some tempo changes in my score (it would be hidden on the score with something like \override Score.MetronomeMark #'transparent = ##t, indeed the ...
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Bar lines in lilypond

I want to control on the locations of the bar lines (yellow marked). I want to move them to any other places when ever I would like to do. its seems to me that bar lines pop up automaticaly... For ...
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Is there a non-verbose way to notate finger sustained notes in LilyPond?

I recently started learning LilyPond and am trying to notate finger sustained notes as described in Is there piano notation for finger sustained notes (as opposed to pedal sustain)?. I would be fine ...

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