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Re: kneed beams

From: Mats Bengtsson
Subject: Re: kneed beams
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2003 10:23:18 +0100
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Yes, thanks. I've more or less worked out by trial and error that the cross-staff knees only work in \context PianoStaff. Trying to do it in anything else zaps the whole of the rest of the file!

Yes, this is described in the section on "Piano music" in the reference

 angle type brackets attached to the system?

Try a \context GrandStaff

Of course, I means a \context StaffGroup. However:

Okay, but GrandStaff won't allow knees across staves. Is there any way to force the angle brackets onto PianoStaff?

Yes, try
      systemStartDelimiter = #'SystemStartBracket

I'm not out of the woods yet, as I recollect seeing that PianoStaff will not allow hiding empty staves, and in all the 5 pages or so of this score there are only three lines of double staff system, so I need to find a way to switch back and forth...

How did you get that impression? Just add
to your \paper{...} section to get rid of the empty staves.

Anyway, thanks for the help. The manuals are very extensive and good, but lack the bit in the middle - by which I mean something a bit more in depth between the tutorial level of info and the (to non-C-coders) inscrutable pages about contexts and classes etc., you know, examples of how to move a slur up one unit at the right hand end only, how to get a slur to cross voices (I have really tied such knots doing that and got only indifferent results!), and so on...

That's the purpose of the Tips and Tricks document and as you have seen,
you can also find many useful hints in the Regression Test document.


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