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Re: repeat bar at the beginning of a piece

From: Marc Hohl
Subject: Re: repeat bar at the beginning of a piece
Date: Mon, 10 May 2010 10:20:49 +0200
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Steve Tarr schrieb:
I'm working with 2.13.20, trying to reproduce a piece of shape-note music that has a 4-dot (with no line) repeat bar at the beginning of the piece.

The snippet titled "Printing a repeat sign at the beginning of a piece" works as described if I use the "|:" bar, but doesn't display the bar if I use ":" (or any other bar style) instead.

What's special about "|:" in this case?  Is there some property I can
override to allow arbitrary bar lines to be displayed at the beginning
of a piece? Or is there something I can change so that ":" will be treated as a repeat bar just as "|:" is?
As a somewhat hackish solution, you can start the piece with an invisible grace note, like this:

\version "2.13.20"

test = \relative c' {
 \grace s16
 \bar ":"
 \repeat volta 2 {
   c4 d e f | g f e d

\score {
 \new Staff {
   \new Voice {

If you have multiple voices, make sure that the invisible grace note is in every
voice, otherwise the output will be cluttered.



-Steve Tarr

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