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Re: Two-Syllable Beam with Sharp and Slur

From: tisimst
Subject: Re: Two-Syllable Beam with Sharp and Slur
Date: Tue, 21 Jul 2015 09:25:51 -0700 (MST)

On Tue, Jul 21, 2015 at 10:04 AM, BGM [via Lilypond] <[hidden email]> wrote:
My hymn has a key signature of B Major, so I have to manually sharp all the naturals in the code.

On this one syllable - the "cha-" in Eucharist, I need to have the beamed 8th notes span for one syllable, and both be sharped AND still keep the slur line.

How do I do that?

melody = \relative c' {
    \partial 8
    fis8 b4 ais8[ gis] fis2 dis8[ e] dis8([ c]) b4. b8 e4 ...

wordsOne = \lyricmode {
    \set stanza = "1. "
    We Cru- sa- ders of the Eu- cha-_ rist,
    With joy we _  con- se- crate to Your Heart ...

It looks like you've got everything except the c-sharp, no? The d-sharp/c are beamed and slurred together. Or, do you mean like you've done with the "sa-" on Cru- sa- ders, where each syllable gets the note instead of "cha-" getting both eighth notes? If that's what you want, then you can just use a phrasing slur instead of a slur:

dis8[ \( cis] \)

LilyPond ignores phrasing slurs when aligning lyrics. I'd advise against this notation practice, though, since you usually only slur two sung notes together when a single syllable is sung on both notes. If it needs to be there for another verse, or an accompanying instrument, then I'd consider making it a dashed line so the singer knows the lyrics aren't supposed to be slurred. Slurring notes together for lyrics is called a "melisma", by the way :-)

- Abraham

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