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Lyrics, ties, extenders and hyphens

From: Neil Killeen
Subject: Lyrics, ties, extenders and hyphens
Date: Mon, 24 Oct 2005 12:13:12 +0000


1) what is the correct thing to do with a lyric and a tie ?
   Should one use an extender like with a melisma ?  Thus

   a~ a
   Fish __

  Lilypond seems tolerant if I don't add the extender

  a~ a

2) Also, I am finding extenders and hyphens get mixed up if I do extend ties.


   a1~ | a1  | es1~ | es1
   Moun __ -- tains

  What I see after type setting is something like

    /--------------\             /-----------\
    o              o           o            o
_ _ <- First hyphen overlaps with extender
   Moun______           tains_____

3) Finally, on a matter of style of lyrics and punctuation. Is it good style to
   see punctuation (e.g. a full stop or comma) before an extender ?

   a~ a
   Fish. __

   If not, what should one do ?   Leave out the punctuation or try and
   poke it in after the extender somehow ?


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