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Tweaking mandoline tabulatur

From: Helge Kruse
Subject: Tweaking mandoline tabulatur
Date: Sun, 18 Nov 2007 17:06:53 +0100


I write for mandoline with LaTeX and lilypond-book. The book includes a lot of small pieces included in this way:

mel = \relative c' {
 e\upbow f\downbow g a b c d e f g a g fis e d c b a g f e d c b
\header { title = \markup { "Hänschen Klein"  } }
\score { <<
 \context Staff \mel
\context TabStaff << \set TabStaff.stringTunings = #mandolin-tuning \stemDown \mel >>
>> }

This gives a tabulatur, but I would like to tweak the result a bit.

1) How can I shrink the length of th stems in the tabulatur?

2) I would like to add some up- and down arrows above the tabulatur. When I append \upbow and \downbow in the meldoy "mel" I get them both in the notes as well as in the tabulatur. How can I set this only abot the tabulatur? How can I define other (smaller) arrows instead of the guitar

3) The stemDown is obviously ignored. There is no further hint in section 7.5.2. of the Lilypond manual. What my be wrong?

4) The Umlaut ä does not appear in the output. But I get a lot of assertions:
Pango-CRITICAL **: pango_coverage_get: assertion `index >= 0' failed
How can I use Umlaut?

5) Is there a way to set the stringTunings property globally, so that I dont have to set it in each pieces

6) How can I write notes without staves? The following excerpt shows the idea, but I need only the notes, no pitch, no key, no staves.

\begin[fragment,notime,staffsize=10]{lilypond}  { c''8 c'' }
dann fast
\begin[fragment,notime,staffsize=10]{lilypond} { c''8. c''16 }

Hmm, these are a lot f questions at once. I have tried to solve them by my selve, but get stuck. Honestly, I gathered the problems and put them in one or two small samples. I hope you can help me.

Best regards,

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