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## documentation request (or feature request) w.r.t. polyphony

 From: Kieren MacMillan Subject: documentation request (or feature request) w.r.t. polyphony Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2008 09:16:06 -0400

```Hey all,

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To be honest, I'm getting a little tired of answering questions about "bugs" in Lilypond that are really just issues related to implicitly- instantiated voices, i.e., the << {} \\ {} >> construct. Even writing (or seeing others write) "look at the docs on explicitly instantiating voices" is getting on my nerves.
```The four examples in the last two days finally made me write this…

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Any chance we should — or even just COULD — change the docs so that the *FIRST* thing newbies learn is explicitly-instantiated voicing, and only *LATER* are they introduced to the "shorthand" construct?
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Better yet, why can't the shorthand automatically "do the right thing"? i.e.,
```
<< {} \\ {} >>

should be translated automagically into

<< {} \new Voice {} >>

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That way, the *only* time anyone has to do any tweaking is when they *want* two brand new voices — which is (AFAIK) the rarest situation of all — in which case they'd have to do
```
<< \new Voice {} \new Voice {} >>

Am I the only one who thinks this would be, overall, a better default?
Kieren.

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