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Lilypond: paper spacing variables not being respected for a score inside markup

I'm doing some chords+lyrics song sheets, and trying to achieve a two column layout. From what I've read, the way to accomplish this is by putting scores within a markup block. This works to get the ...
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How to cross staff slurs in lilypond?

\language "english" global = { \key c \minor \numericTimeSignature \time 4/4 } right = \relative c'' { \global < g c d g >1\arpeggio \bar "||" } left = \relative c, { \global <&...
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Lilypond spacing between lyrics and next system

I’m trying to improve the legibility of my scores by increasing the basic-distance between systems. There needs to be some whitespace between the last verse and the next system below. Here's what I’...
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Is there an easier way to notate this excerpt in LilyPond?

<< <des f aes c g' bes>1 \arpeggio { <<c''1 {f4. (c8 c2)} >> } >> It seems too difficult to do this in LilyPond. How do I do it?
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Lilypond - Repeat with Partial Mesaure at the End

This demonstrates the problem: \relative c' {c4 d e f d e \repeat volta 2 { f g a, b c d } \alternative { {e2} {e2~e2} }} (And here's a picture: I need the first ending to be half a measure, ...
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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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How can I increase the spacing between a fermata and the note in Lilypond?

I'm notating a piece of music with Lilypond, and am running into an issue where the fermata symbol is consistently too close to the note it's attached to. The problem is emphasised by some nearby ...
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Lilypond produces unexpected interval changes with \relative and \transpose

Consider the following scores below. I would have thought Lilypond would apply a consistent transposition to the notes without the need to reformat the interval notations. The first stave is the ...
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LilyPond : how to write numbers before staves?

I'm writing some exercises, one per line, and I would like to write a number before each one. I can't figure out how to do that, so a little help would be appreciated! My code is pretty simple : \...
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Fret diagrams for chord backing in Lilypond

I have created the following Lilypond code: % one octave above middle c song = { \relative c'' { \time 4/4 \tempo 4 = 66 c c d e f1 f4 f c d e1 | \break e4 e f e d e ...
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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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Lilypond layouts - position Instrument Name for a concert band part

I'm creating pdfs with a single melodic part. In this case I'm not crazy about the instrument name in an indent of the music, so I was started putting the instrument name as a sub title and remove the ...
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Subtitle won't wrap

In my piece I have a long subtitle that runs off the sides of the page. What I would really like is to manually add a newline or carriage return, or perhaps at least get \wordwrap to work. I've ...
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Slur With Mixed Syllabics

In my score, I have two verses where in verse 1, the slur should have one syllable per note in the slur, but in verse 2, the one word should apply to both notes. You can see that in verse one the ...
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Can lyrics be added interleaved with notation in lilypond

When writing vocal music in lilypond, I find it easier to find my place when there are lyrics in near proximity to the notes, so I've been using linebreaks and comments to achieve this so far: \...
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Is this acceptable notation for a “how to play” excerpt?

I have notated (via LilyPond) how I would like a turn to be played in my score. Is this an acceptable way to notate this?
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Two Voices on One Staff Renders with Two Staffs

In my piece I want to have two voices on one staff, with lyrics, like in the docs. But lilypond tries to create two staves like on a ChoirStaff. \version "2.19.80" \language "english" signature = { ...
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What's the proper usage for << >> and { }

In the lilypond files, when you define a score, there are times to use << >> and times to use { } but this is very confusing to me. Sometimes examples use both, sometimes one or the other....
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How to keep the version number in an include file?

Recently I upgraded to lilypond 2.19.80, and now lilypond tells me: warning: no \version statement found, please add \version "2.19.80" Now, I have that version number in a special include file ...
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One staff with two sections and two voices

In my piece, I want a single score in order to be able to output a single midi file. The entire piece is polyphonic with two voices. The structure should look like this: chorus in two voices (with ...
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Dotted half rest not working in 3/4 time in LilyPond

I can write the following in the violinOne part in LilyPond 2.18.2 and it produces a quarter note rest in a pickup measure followed by a measure with a half note rest and then a quarter note rest: \...
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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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Is there a way in Lilypond to omit entire staffs from the pdf layout but listen to them in MIDI?

I'm using Lilypond to compile music for my church choir. I've recently discovered the use of midiMaximumVolume and midiMininumVolume so I can highlight a given staff to isolate a part. I produce ...
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How to print overlapping system start delimiters with lilypond

Is it possible to have overlapping system delimiters (braces and brackets) in lilypond? I know how to do complex nested hierarchies, but they're always nested. I can't figure out how to start, for ...
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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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Horizontal spacing of notes with multiple staves

I created this minimal example : \version "2.21.0" \include "italiano.ly" soprano_notes = \relative do' { fad fad16 sold8 la16 re4 re16 re8 re16 re4 re16 dod8 si16 dod2 } alto_notes = \...
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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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LilyPond: Subdivided beam grouping for compound time signatures

I'm trying to write a 12/8 drum score in Lilypond, with a lot of 32nd note phrasing, and the default beam grouping looks a bit ugly to me: (Here's the above example in LilyBin: http://lilybin.com/...
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Lilypond - apply a repeating rhythmic pattern to all notes

Assuming I have a pattern like this: \relative c' { c4 d e f8 g d4 e f g8 a e4 f g a8 b f4 g a b8 c } How can a define the rhythmic pattern to be applied to all notes so I only had to input ...
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How can I create a rest the same length as a block of music?

I'm typesetting music (a set of versicles and responses), some of which are accompanied and some of which aren't, and I'm using some custom Scheme functions to collect pieces in parallel (and ...
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Vertical score positioning in LilyPond

I'm writing a drum sheet template for LilyPond and I'd like to place a drum key box to the left of the header. Here is what I've done so far: LilyBin link for fiddling with my markup: http://lilybin....
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Lilypond does not propperly render Chords when used with --png

I'm truing to compile a lilypond score with the --png option. For some reason the chords do not get compiled properly when using this option. Running lilypond without the --png option works fine. The ...
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How do you center partial measure rests in LilyPond?

I'm trying to use \partial to create a pickup in lilypond and I'm trying to fill it with rests so I use the command: \partial 4 r4 It works, but the output is ugly and off center: How do I make ...
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How to add rest above a note in Lilypond

I'm trying to typeset the following snippet. My first idea was to add two voices here but then I would not be able to make a slur between them. Is it possible without using manual placement of notes?
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LilyPond tie doesn't work as expecting with two voices

I want to connect two b2., but the output connected the g. How to make this work? An explanation of this issue will be more grateful. \version "2.18.2" { \clef bass \time 3/4 << { \...
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How can I change slur from above to below notes when switching staff in Lilypond?

I have a music passage that crosses from the bottom staff to the top (in a Grand Staff) with a slur. But, I want the slur to go from above the notes on the bottom to underneath the note on the top ...
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How can I make Lilypond start lyrics on the very first note?

With Lilypond, I'm trying to notate a song with lyrics - this song has lyrics sung from the very first note of the piece. But Lilypond always shifts the words over one note each (see image). I can't ...
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Increase space between lines of a staff in LilyPond

I have a few very short songs (about 20 bars) that I'm trying to transcribe with LilyPond. I'd like to increase the vertical spacing, in particular the space between lines, so that they take the full ...
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Reducing staff numbers in LilyPond

I have a choral piece where some of it is 4-part divisi SATB, and some of it is unison (true unison, not octaves). I would love to notate this in LilyPond with the two (women's & men's) staves ...
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Explicit C major key signature in lilypond

I am typesetting some exercises in lilypond, and would like to make the "all natural" key signature when the exercises are in C more explicit. I would like to set the key as c major and see every ...
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Lilypond: How to Change the Vertical Position of Raised Suffixes in Chord Names?

The Problem In Lilypond, the raised suffixes in chord names – such as the “sus4” in “Csus4” – don’t seem to be proportionally changed with chord name font size changes. For example: \score { \new ...
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How to draw a rectangle for reciting tone in chant transcription in LilyPond

I am trying to use LilyPond to transcribe chanted music using mostly modern notation. I've read http://lilypond.org/doc/v2.18/Documentation/learning/gregorian-transcription-template, which was quite ...
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Typeset a slur from a chord's middle note

I'm trying to typeset a piano piece, where the following two chords challenge my Lilypond skills: I'm sorry for the bad quality of the printed score (which is actually the reason why I'm ...
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Lilypond Lyrics Alignment - Align to first syllable

Hello I am a new Lilypond user. I have a question about alignment of lyrics. Let say I have a word, with two parts (syllable) A and B. I want the syllable A align (center) to a note, but not the whole ...
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Lilypond: Avoid clash between group and instrument names

I'm absolutely new to lilypond and I find it extremely powerful. However, since it's my first time I'm using it I have a simple question. Suppose I'm writing something for two group of instruments (...
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Dotted slur and two lyric stanzas with different amount of syllables

I have the following problem with two lyric stanzas for one voice, that have different syllables. The following example works with using an underscore at the end. \version "2.18.2" \paper { ragged-...
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How can I scale down everything that Lilypond is outputting?

How can I scale down/shrink everything that Lilypond is outputting so that I can fit more material on each page? I tried using \layout{ #(layout-set-staff-size XX) } inside the \score{} block (...
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How to pass `ly:music` to a `markup-command`

I am attempting to create a lilypond markup command which will display a guitar chord fingering above the chord on a stave. The code I have so far follows: #(define-markup-command (...
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Lilypond: Undesireable extra horizontal space with chords and lyrics

I'm working on a simple chords + lyrics (with bar lines) sheet. I'm getting a lot of extra space between a bar line and the following chord+lyric, seemingly depending on the length of the lyric in the ...
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Lilypond: How do I align markup text with #“scripts.segno”?

at the end of my score, I'd like to have a "Da Capo al Segno", with a nice symbol for segno. I'm almost there: DC = { \once \override Score.RehearsalMark #'break-visibility = #end-of-line-visible ...