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Second ending is shifting note values for remainder of song

I am currently working on a Christmas setlist for bagpipes. The second ending doesn't seem to count the note from the previous measure and as a result, it shifts the high a eight note to the next ...
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Is there a way to get two songs on a single page using lilypond-book?

I am currently using Frescobaldi to edit my lilypond files. I have several short songs (a half-page or less) that I would like to combine into a set with more than one song on each page. Currently, ...
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Coloring chord names in LilyPond

How do you color chords in LilyPond? For example, in the following fragment, how can you print chord names in red? << \chords { r8 d4 g4 a4 d4 d4:sus4 d4 } \relative { \time 2/4 \key d \...
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How can I typeset a break or jump in my scores?

I am using lilypond to typeset some music. I would like to leave away some bars from the original music. Therefore, I have to jump from some bar to an other. But I want to show, that I cut something ...
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Placing beam between staves with autochanging voice in LilyPond

I have a PianoStaff with two voices on the right hand. The lower voice with eighths is spread across the staves with \autochange and the additional pitch parameter nicely controls the turning point. ...
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Conditionally transpose up versus down in LilyPond?

In version 2.19.x, how can I make LilyPond decide whether – and by how much – to transpose up or down, depending on a target octave/range for one of the transposed notes (I'll call that note the "...
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How to make unpitched percussion and a pitched instrument share a staff in LilyPond?

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 ...
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Display time signature as single number above the staff

Sometimes, when a piece of music has a frequently-changing time signature, the time signature is printed above the staff. In the following example, only the numerator is printed (the denominator is 4 ...
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Force bar numbers below the staff and chord names above in LilyPond

In the documentation for the bar number engraver, it's quite clear that the bar numbers were only ever intended to go above the staff. How do I override that behavior? It would make a part I'm ...
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lilypond: How to display changed chord names only?

In German songbooks chordnames are only displayed if they have changed. Lilypond shows chordnames at the beginning of a new line even if the chordname has not changed. Is it possible to change this ...
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Lilypond - Contemporary Glissando to hidden final note

I'm trying to typeset a glissando with a known but hidden final note in lilypond 2.19.82. It's called "contemporary glissando" in the manual: Glissando Manual I've posted an example on http://www....
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Lilypond - autochange with alternative staves / turning point

I want a single voice drifting across two staves, and I want LilyPond to automatically decide which staff to use. (As can be seen here) For treble and bass clefs this is easily implemented with the \...
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Notation: grace note played on the beat with a chord

I want to write a four note chord in which three notes are held but one note is played and released very quickly. The extra note is played on the beat with the rest of the chord so is not an ...
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Unplayed 2nd voice in notation - spaces or rests

In transcribing a work for piano with two voices in each staff, I've come across a passage in which there are two voices in the LH staff for some duration, but in one measure there is only one voice ...
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Merge rests in lilypond

I write a program which produces scores in lilypond. Due to some limitations in this program, the rests are written as if they were seperate notes: r2 r4. r8 | r2 r4. e''8 | r4 r4 e''2 Is there ...
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Creating two-staved ossia in Lilypond

How can I create an ossia in lilypond with two staves (for piano). I want the ossia to be smaller in size than the regular music and if possible have the dotted line connecting it to the actual music ...
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Lilypond Swing Feeling

How to properly write sheet music in swing-feeling with lilypond? Just for clarification: in MuseScore, this can be achieved as explained here. I'm a bit confused as I did not find anything useful ...
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Time signature inconsistent

I'm trying to write the first measure of the Moonlight in Lilypond From my very basic knowledge the first measure is 4 x 3 x 1/8 = 3/2 long, but the special symbol (alla breve) seams to be a 2/2. ...
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Lilypond – how can I write lyrics to rests in multiple stanzas?

could someone help me with my problem, please? I have got this Lilypond 2.18.2 code: \version "2.18.2" \language "deutsch" global = { \time 4/4 \set Timing.beamExceptions = #'() \set Timing....
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Stop Lilypond from generating multiple files

I am not sure if this is the right place to ask, but it seems like a lot of people are using Lilypond here. Every time I compile a .ly file using lilypond for Windows10 it generates too many files. ...
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lilypond: Odd horizontal spacing with two voices

In the example below I get an unwanted large horizontal gap between the d and the c. I think it has to do with a conflict between \voiceOne an \voiceTwo, because alone they are typesetted properly. ...
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Lilypond acciaccatura slur position

Lilypond issue: I'm trying to get the slurs in acciaccatura to look like this (generated in Musescore): Notice that the slur is beneath the grace note. However, Lilypond insists on putting the slur ...
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Migrating from commercial music notation software to free alternative

A friend of mine dislikes composing music on the commercial software he owns (Si..us). The main reason is that he is into modern, avant-garde music and the notation on his current system is just not ...
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Odd symbol in Béla Bartók's Mikrokosmos Book 1

Today I came across an odd symbol in Béla Bartók's Microkosmos. The symbol occurs in Book 1, Score 21, Measure 8, at the end of a phrasing slur. It looks like a vertical bar that crosses only the ...
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Lilypond: Create natural signs and accidentals manually

Edit: At first, I was looking for a way to add natural signs manually. Turns out that, at least for the moment, I actually need to place accidentals manually. Generally, I might need both in the ...
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Lines too long in piece with two sections for different instruments

I'm trying to use Lilypond 2.18.2 to engrave a piece with two staff groups: a verse for piano (18 bars), and a chorus for choir (8 bars). I'm trying to follow the Lilypond example "Solo Verse and Two-...
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Lilypond - Custom Key Signature for Turkish folk music and microtonal accidentals

I have to create this key signature in lilypond: Would it be possible to create something like that? I really appreciate any help you can provide. Thanks!
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assistance adding back midi to a lilypond file

I had been typesetting Orthodox Christian liturgical by using the gregorian style in lilypond. For the "recitatives" where many syllables are sung to one note I have been actually separating them and ...
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How do I make the staff for dynamics affect the MIDI output?

I've written a lovely[citation needed] piece of piano music using Denemo (a graphical front-end to Lilypond), consisting of a piano staff with a staff for dynamics inserted in between them. The ...
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BWV 1004 - Is there a pause by the end of Ciaccona or is it staccato?

I'm working on a project to set Bach's music on lilypond files (so that people can share and enhance to better match manuscripts). I just uploaded BWV 1004 to the repo but I'm wondering what's the ...
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Adding vertical space after header in LilyPond score [duplicate]

I have prepared a \header and I would like to increase the vertical space before my first stave, which also includes chords. Is that also possible with LilyPond?
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Vertical space between stanzas

I have some songs with several stanzas. I would like to control the vertical space between the first and second stanza and the second and third stanza, .... individually. How is that possible by ...
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How to disable or limit compression of over-full pages in Lilypond?

Sometimes lilypond tries to use less pages for more music, which is not always wanted. This can be easily fixed by manually adding \pageBreak , but sometimes an automatic solution is needed. When ...
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Stop Lilypond from placing beam around second voice

I have two voices in the right-hand staff. I'm not sure why Lilypond is doing what it is (see freehand circle) but I would like it to stop. The beam should ideally be somewhere near the red line, with ...
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Tie notes across multiple voices

I'm aware this is an FAQ but I've tried a bunch of commonly-suggested workarounds (\repeatTie, \laissezVibrer, hiding noteheads and/or stems) without success. What is the easiest way of tying the ...
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Lilypond: \transpose syntax for an entire song

I am trying to transpose an entire song from B Flat Major to A Major. There is only one part for a "C" instrument. I have it tagged as "flute", but it could just as easily function with a C Melody ...
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Question about beaming in LilyPond

I've recently installed LilyPond and Denomo and found them to be great tools. However I can not seem to learn how to make a beaming pattern like this: This is the bar in Denemo gui: My LilyPond ...
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How to make position/barre markers in lilypond?

I've recently started experimenting with LilyPond (Version 2.18.2 in case it matters). I've been fairly successful in creating basic scores, but I cannot figure how to properly make position/barre ...
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Formatting Eighth Notes in LilyPond

These are the notes that LilyPond is producing How do I make the notes look like this instead? (I edited this image, sorry if the last eighth note looks bad)
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Lilypond: Indicate alternate endings

Using Lilypond, I would like to indicate alternate endings to the piece I am engraving; an "Optional 'Screen Gems' Ending" which is 2 measures long or another "Low Fat" ending (not my terms; they are ...
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Staff in Staff group starts after the start of the piece

I would like to have a piece that starts with one staff and later has two. I've tried something like this MusicA = #(define-music-function (parser location inTab) (boolean?) #{ a4 b4 c2 #}) MusicB = ...
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Creating conga part in lilypond

I'd like to score a congas part in lilypond, but I can't figure out how. I've found the lilypond documentation on it here, but I can't understand it, especially this bit: There are also other ...
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How can I transpose a quote in Lilypond?

I'm transcribing a piece that has a section where one instrument doubles another an octave lower. I'd expect something like this short example to work: oboe = \relative c' { \clef treble | c g a ...
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Lilypond with LaTeX

Can someone ELI5 the process? I've tried reading the guide from http://lilypond.org/doc/v2.18/Documentation/usage/an-example-of-a-musicological-document but it doesn't seem to work. I am on Windows ...
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Multiple voices (divisi) in one part

In LilyPond, how do you produce results like this? I want to go from a regular section to divisi, but I am unable to figure it out. I attempted to use \parallelMusic and \new StaffGroup, but those ...
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Changing direction of notes

Here, the last chord has a line that goes down. How do I get the last chord to be directed upwards, like this?
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Augmentum broken in Lilypond Vaticana notation

While transcribing Vexilla regis I came across a weird issue with augmenta being offset to the right. \version "2.19.81" \include "gregorian.ly" cantus = \relative c' { \[ \augmentum g \melisma \...
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Lilypond: How to use repeat bars in markup lyrics

I am using \markup after the score for several verses of lyrics, so roughly \score { ... } \markup { \column { \line { ... } ... } } How can I typeset repeat marks for a piece of ...
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Does lilypond have the ability to typeset bars in free or open time?

I'm using lilypond to arrange a new part for concert band by combining/picking and choosing from a couple of different parts that need to be covered, but we don't have instruments for on the ...
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Errors with slashed grace notes in LilyPond

Here's a strange issue with typesetting (in LilyPond) a work that begins with slashed grace notes (acciaccatura). First of all, I get the following error message in my console when I run lilypond (...