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Re: multiple chords over a single note

From: Richard Shann
Subject: Re: multiple chords over a single note
Date: Mon, 09 Mar 2020 11:05:33 +0000

I should have mentioned that there is a section in the manual (Help-
>Browse Manual) covering this topic:

Entering Chord Symbols↓
There are two quite different ways to enter chord symbols (also known
as Chord Names↓, Fake Chords). If the chord changes do not happen mid-
way through notes then you can use Notes/Rests->Markings->Chord Symbols
to attach chord symbols to the notes themselves. A brief summary is
given by right clicking the option. The conventions are described in
the LilyPond documentation.
An alternative is to set a staff to display not the chords in regular
notation but the chord symbol that represents the chord. Create a staff
and use Staff->Staff Properties->Chord Symbols. Then this case you
enter actual chords which will be displayed as Chord Symbols. The
duration of the chords will determine the positioning, enabling chord
changes mid-note. The chord symbols can then be arranged above or below
the melody or other representation of the piece using Staffs->Swap
Staffs or creating a custom layout in the Score Layout window.
A palette is available4.5↑ for inserting chords, with this palette
selected the key sequence pm7<Enter>, for instance, will insert/append
a c, e-flat, g, b-flat chord if the cursor height is on a C, (or c-
sharp, e, g-sharp, b if there is a pending sharp↓).
Chord Charts can also be created – there is a Chord Charts palette for
these. Compact chord charts require a patch to LilyPond – enquire on
the mailing list for this. 


On Mon, 2020-03-09 at 08:30 +0000, Richard Shann wrote:
> On Sun, 2020-03-08 at 20:13 -0400, Bric wrote:
> > Hello,
> > 
> > Denemo lets me "attach" chord symbols to specific, discrete notes.
> I think you are referring to this:
> Command: Edit Chord Symbols
> Allows chord symbols to be added to the current note. E.G.cis:dim7
> for
> c-sharp diminished 7th. See Lilypond docs for notation
> Location: Object Menu ▶ Notes/Rests ▶ Markings ▶ Chords Symbols
> Internal Name: EditChords
> >  I asked the lilypond crew how to engrave multiple chord symbols
> > over
> > and extended-duration note spanning, say, a whole
> > measure.  Example:
> > a whole note extending the full 4/4 measure, with two chord symbols
> > positioned within the measure - the first at the beginning of the
> > measure, the second about half-way.
> > 
> > Attaching an illustration of what i'm after.
> > 
> > Is there any way to achieve this on the level of denemo controls,
> > rather than having to export denemo to lilypond and edit the
> > "\chordmode { ... } block in lilypond ?
> Yes, there is. Instead of attaching chord symbols to notes use a
> chord
> symbol staff, where you can put as many chord symbols as you want for
> durations of your choice.
> Command: Chord Symbols (Off/On)
> Typesets the music on this staff as chord symbols (off/on).
> Location: Object Menu ▶ Staffs/Voices ▶ Staff Properties
> Internal Name: ChordStaff
> There is an example - use
> Command: Open Example
> Start a new score from a built-in example
> Location: Main Menu ▶ File ▶ Open
> Internal Name: OpenExample
> and choose LeadSheet.denemo
> In bar 8 there are two chords to the final syllable of "chose".
> (the other method you can see used in
> LeadSheetNamedChordSymbols.denemo
> where you see in bar 8 that you *can* do splitting a note but it is
> more limited, you can't control the exact timing).
> Richard

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