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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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explicit positioning of middle C in the middle of double (piano) staff with lilypond

With Lilypond, in a piano staff (with double staff), a middle C belongs either to the treble or to the bass staff, so that it is not displayed aligned the middle of the staves. Is there a way to ...
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How to hide individual staff lines in lilypond?

How can individual staff lines be hidden in lilypond? E.g. in \new DrumStaff \with { \override StaffSymbol.line-count = #3 } << \drummode { << { r4 hh } \\ ...
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Rest Collision Error on in lilypond

In a project of mine, one of the staves, whenever I put anything in it that isn't a full bar rest throws up a "cannot resolve rest collision: rest direction not set" error. It will still render but it ...
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How do I use full bar rests in lilypond with long bar lengths

I am working with a file that has some bars of very long duration (the first bar of the piece is in 20/8), and simply putting R1 will not give me a full bar rest. In the following bar of 8/8, it works ...
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Cross Staff Beaming in parts using more than two staves

So I have two somewhat related questions. Firstly, is there a native way in lilypond to work with piano scores with more than two staves? I am hopefully beginning work on a project soon where I will ...
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Change in horizontal lyric spacing in 2.20.0?

I have been typesetting liturgical chants with reciting notes. Using lilypond version 2.18.2, I get what I want, but when I switched to 2.20.0, there is way too much space between syllables in some ...
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Name for partially disjointed/interrupted chords, Lilypond

I am trying to denote something where I play a chord, lets say C, but then then I keep playing the note e (for a whole note) key and stop on the other two notes (c and g). Then i play the g note (or c ...
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Custom dynamic mark attached to a note, but not postponning the next

I am in the process of engraving a piano sheet, and I wrote a custom dynamic mark with the look of which I am very happy, but the behavior, not totally. It is the following : mff = \tweak DynamicText....
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How to turn off lilypond automatic staff width

So if I engrave music with LilyPond, and I write a few bars, the staves may initially stop in the middle of page (horizontally speaking). I write some more, and eventually, it reach the edge of the ...
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Lilypond: output to iPhone and iPad

How can I generate pdf outputs that fit best on iPad and iPhone? I could not find the right paper sizes in Lilypond's predefined paper sizes
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How to Get Lilypond Music Engraver to Render File in SVG Format

I am looking to get Lilypond to output my scores in SVG format. I'm working on the Windows 10 platform. So far I have only been able to get png outputs using the following command in the command line: ...
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Can't make my (phrasing) slur end where I want it to with LilyPond

I am trying to write a phrasing slur on a << {} \\ {} >> construction, and it seems like the slur doesn't end where it should. My code is as follows : %%%%%%%%%% %% VERSION %%%%%%%%%% \...
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(Dis)aligning lyrics to a melody with LilyPond

I am trying to write a score for piano and voice. The piano actually has staves associated with it, but because the melody is already common and known by the intended audience, there is no staff for ...
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Complex beam in Lilypond

I'm trying to reproduce a scanned score with Lilypond. The original (the part of interest, at least), looks like this : My Lilypond code is the following (I put the crescendo in the upper staff) : %%...
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Can't make my crescendo end were I want it to with Lilypond

I'm trying to reproduce a scanned score with Lilypond. The original (the part of interest, at least), looks like this : As you can see, there is a crescendo starting at the beginning of the 3rd bar, ...
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Lilypond: How to create an ossia Staff above a PianoStaff?

When trying to create an ossia Staff, that is used multiple times, above a PianoStaff, Lilypond does not reuse the context, but creates a new one. How can I tell Lilypond to find the existing context ...
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How to convert Humdrum files to Lilypond format?

I have some Humdrum krn score files and want to make Lilypond files out of it for further processing and output generation. What ist the best way to do this? I tried the user interface Frescobaldi ...
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LilyPond: Is it possible to create an instrument switch that goes from a Staff to a DrumStaff and back?

I'm typesetting a piece where a singer alternates between singing and playing maracas while never doing both at the same time. I would like to use a single stave and make an instrument switch using \...
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How do I get this in Lilypond? [closed]

Can you please help me on how to get this notation in Lilypond please? Thank you.
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Lilypond: temporarily disable grace notes synchronization over staves

In a piano score, is it possible to have grace notes not being 'synchronized' to the other staff? I know there is \override Score.SpacingSpanner.strict-grace-spacing = ##t, but this applies to the ...
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Lilypond: Looking for script to analyze .ly file

I have a lot of lilypond files each representing a single musical piece. There are many kinds of instrumentations in the lilypond files. I want to get some simple statistics from a single lilypond ...
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lilypond bug with octave change/whole note

I'm using lilypond with Frescobaldi to notate a piano score. My time signature is 4/4, and I just did a clef change, changing the bottom clef to treble for a few notes. I returned the clef to bass, ...

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