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Re: Lilypond and Jazz chords

From: Tim McNamara
Subject: Re: Lilypond and Jazz chords
Date: Mon, 1 Jun 2009 21:56:55 -0500

On Jun 1, 2009, at 2:33 PM, Carl D. Sorensen wrote:

A chordnamemode *input* mode has been proposed a couple of times. This mode would take only a root (and optionally, a slash or alternate bass note), and
everything else about the chord would be in the form of a markup.  For
american jazz chords, this functionality seems to be feasible (but it
couldn't handle the german practice of making minor chords have a lower case
root name, instead of an upper case root name for a major chord).

Carl succinctly illuminates another problem, which is that LilyPond works with many different musical systems. I am only familiar with what he calls "American jazz chords" and would be out to sea if a German chart was placed in front of me- or one of the many other notation systems with which I am unfamiliar. Heck, I am out to sea often enough with American jazz charts! Any changes to the chordname function would need to be context-sensitive to the needs of many musical systems.

Would it be feasible to make differences in chord naming conventions part of language-specific files, like \include or \include etc.? Or does that just end up resulting in multiple exceptions and complicating things immensely?

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