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## cluster building with ties

 From: Kieren Richard MacMillan Subject: cluster building with ties Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2003 18:01:50 -0500

```[ Lilypond 2.0.1;  Mac OS X 10.2.8 ]

Hello, all --

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I am currently writing a pipe organ piece, and am testing Lilypond's ability to handle the notation of "chord building" I have settled on...
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Here is the relevant input:

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<< {\slurStemToStem g8~([ ef d'] <d, g c>4)} \\ \stemDown {g4. s4} \\ \stemDown {s8 ef4 s4} >> | << {\slurStemToStem g8~([ d bf'] <ef, g a>4)} \\ \stemDown {g4. s4} \\ \stemDown {s8 d4 s4} >> | << {\slurStemToStem g8~([ ef bf'] <d, g c>4)} \\ \stemDown {g4. s4} \\ \stemDown {s8 ef4 s4} >> | << {\slurStemToStem g8~([ c, bf'] <f g a>4)} \\ \stemDown {g4. s4} \\ \stemDown {s8 c,4 s4} >> |
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And here is the output:
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ties.pdf

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Questions:

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1. Leaving aside for the moment the question of whether or not I am notating this the most intuitive way (from the perspective of the notation), have I chosen the best way to tell Lilypond to engrave what is in the image? 2. The ties collide with the noteheads -- how can I avoid that? (e.g., On the first measure I've tried "\once \property Voice.Tie \set #'x-gap = #'0.2" and "\once \property Voice.Tie \set #'extra-offset = #'(0.2 . 0)", but neither seems to have an effect...) 3. Is there an easy way to apply the many tie tweaks that will be necessary without typing "\once \property Voice.Tie \set..." every time? e.g., can I set up a variable (or Scheme thingee) so that I could say "\tieMove (-0.1 . 3)"?
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Thanks!
Kieren.```