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Re: relative mode occasionally gets forgotten?

 From: Patrick McCarty Subject: Re: relative mode occasionally gets forgotten? Date: Thu, 14 May 2009 20:53:46 -0700

On Thu, May 14, 2009 at 8:05 PM, Chip <address@hidden> wrote:
> Chip wrote:
>>
>> I've come across this a couple times - when I am inputting a song it all
>> works fine in \relative mode. I do some editing, some copy/paste from one
>> part to another, view the resulting pdf and see the octaves are all messed
>> up. The only way to fix them is to use absolute octave marks in small
>> sections, usually only a few measures, to get the song to print correctly.
>> Then for whatever reason, after those few measures the rest of the song is
>> just fine. This seems to be completely random, has happened in a couple
>> different songs, in different versions of lilypond.
>> Has anyone seen this kind of behavior? Just seems rather odd.
>> --
>> Chip
>
> I found the problem - I had the \relative c and the \transpose ef f bits
> seperated like this -
>
> bari = \transpose f ef {
> e4-- e8-- e8-- e4-. r
> ... stuff
> }
> barisax = \relative c' {
>  \global
>  \set Staff.instrumentName = #"Bari Sax"
>  \set Staff.shortInstrumentName = #"Bari"
>  \clef treble
>  << \bari >>       %I've been told I don't need the << >> here in this usage
> but without them I get errors
> }
>
> After I moved the \relative c' up to the same line as the \transpose the
> octave problems were fixed. It appears that the two have to be together, not
> seperated like I had them.

I think this is the issue mentioned in the Known Issues for Chapter
1.1.2 "Transpose" in the Notation Reference.  However, the two
sentences included there are very confusing and should be rewritten to
make the issue more clear.

-Patrick