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17th century keyboard ornament

From: Peter Van Kranenburg
Subject: 17th century keyboard ornament
Date: Thu, 20 Jul 2006 00:26:26 +0200
User-agent: Thunderbird (Macintosh/20060516)

Hi all,

I'm trying to typeset some 17th century keyboard music from the Southern
Netherlands. An often used ornament is a slanted double dash through the
stem of the note (zie attached image - sorry for the bad quality).

I tried to adapt the tremolo:

\version "2.8.5"

doubledash = {\once \override Voice.StemTremolo #'beam-thickness = #0.2 }

\layout { ragged-right = ##t }
\score {
\relative c'
\new Staff { \time 3/4 \doubledash g'':16 g g }
\new Staff { \clef bass << { r4 \doubledash bes,,2:16 } \\ { g2~ g4 } >> }


This doesn't satisfy me. The vertical space between the dashes is too large. Especially when the stem is short (as is with the bes in the above example). I can't find a parameter to control this distance.

Can someone give me a suggestion how to typeset this ornament?

thanks in advance,
Peter van Kranenburg

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