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Monday, November 30, 2009

Lilypond - parallel music

Lilypond remains my preferred method for generating scores. It has tons of features, most of which I don't need, but I overlooked this one that goes back at least to version 2.8 - an easy way to notate multiple voices.

\parallelMusic #'(sopA bassA) {
\time 12/8

\partial 8 r8 |
\partial 8 e,8~ |

b'8 e'~e' e' b'~b' b bes a g b4|
e,4 e4. e,4. r4. e,8~ |

b'8 e'~e' e' b'~b' g e g d b,4|
e,4 e4. e,4. r4. a,8~ |

I haven't mixed this with tab generation yet; this feels like a much more natural way to notate multi-voice guitar music.


fja0568 said...

Have you written anything extensive with using \parallelMusic? Do you like it better than splitting the Music into upper and lower for guitar?

12String said...

I think that all my lilypond work since this post has been using parallelMusic rather than splitting it into upper and lower.
Using the "|" bar counting is important.
parallelMusic handles tablature as well, and bar notes can span measures. For example:
\override TextSpanner #'(bound-details left text) = "BVII"
d'-1 a'-4 d''-4 d' a' d'' r a d' a' d'' d' a' d'' |
<< \tag #'bassnotes { fis2-2 fis2 } \tag #'restnotes { s2 s2 } >> |

% 8
(g-4) b-3 g'-2 g d' g' r (g) b d' g' b d' g'\stopTextSpan |
<< \tag #'bassnotes { fis2-3 fis2 } \tag #'restnotes { s2 s2 } >> |

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