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Re: Key and accidentals in Lilypond

From: Mats Bengtsson
Subject: Re: Key and accidentals in Lilypond
Date: Mon, 09 Dec 2002 10:01:01 +0100
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s.abeccara wrote:
Dear David,

thank you for your reply, it is helpful and understandable. Your
suggestion to use ABC sounds good. Could you give me an URL to it?

Take a look at
Strangely enough, abc2ly is not mentioned there,

Now I see the point in Lilypond needing explicit alterations on notes.
Some of the replies I got were discouraging for a newcomer in this
field, while being not clear enough. Like, after all, the Lilypond
manual. Which, to me, is uncomplete and lacks good, workable examples
for some basic features of written music (e.g.: how do I write tempo
notation in a piece? How do I change fonts? How do I align lyrics
extending over long groups of notes?), while expanding on very complex
and refined matters.

Yes, writing a good manual is, in many aspect, a more challenging task
than to implement the actual software. We appreciate any hints on what
can be improved. However, the list of "basic features" would be
extremely long if it was complete. One good source of information,
in addition to the manual itself is the collection of small examples
found on the web page in
All the source files for these examples should also be included in
the installation (at least if you installed the Lilypond package in
RedHat, Debian or Cygwin), probably somewhere in /usr/doc/lilypond/input/ or /usr/share/doc/lilypond/input/.
There, you will also find a set of template files for common tasks.

The output of Lilypond is a mint, its capabilities are great, but I
think one has to pay a bit too much to get them working. Maybe
something could be made easier, or explained more clearly? Anyway I
think I'm going to try Noteedit or Rosegarden, maybe they could save me some hassle.

My guess is that you soon will discover that it is easier and
faster to input the Lilypond files directly.


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