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Re: chord durations

From: Tim McNamara
Subject: Re: chord durations
Date: Wed, 2 Sep 2009 17:59:28 -0500

On Sep 2, 2009, at 3:59 PM, Patrick Horgan wrote:

Tim McNamara wrote:

On Sep 1, 2009, at 9:30 PM, Christian Henning wrote:

Am I right, that lilypond is rarely used for my type of notation?
Meaning rock/pop tunes for acoustic guitar.

No, the style of music makes no difference. But LilyPond is intended for engraving music which is fundamentally based upon notes on the staff, and you seem to be just writing out chord progressions without a melody. LilyPond is really not designed for this. If you were writing in the melody with the chords above the staff, many of your problems would be resolved. I think that what you are trying to do is to write out lead sheets,
No he's writing chord charts--pretty common for guitarists.

I am a guitarist.

If all he wants is a chord chart, some paper and a pencil would be a better approach. Or even a word processor two write out the chords like Ralph Patt did with the Vanilla Book.

Christian's trying to do something LilyPond is not designed to do when what he really needs is a lead sheet, if he wants to use LilyPond without a lot of kerfuffling around. I've sent him information about this back-channel.

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