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Engraving 2½ vocal parts

From: Christopher R. Maden
Subject: Engraving 2½ vocal parts
Date: Sun, 23 Dec 2018 22:53:10 -0500
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Continuing the work on my chantey songbook... <URL: > has seven lines in the chorus, but two pairs are nearly identical. I’m trying to set them as single lines, with splits as needed, resulting in a staff with two lines most of the time, with an occasional split to three. That seemed to me like a good compromise with having to have four separate staves with illogical divisions as to what part went where, or five separate staves.

Anyway: MWE is attached (with 6 different approaches) and the resulting PDF. I’d like something like staff 5. except with splits; staves 3., 4., and 6. all show slightly different attempts to get it, without success. Staves 1. and 2. show a naïve approach, which I think you’ll agree is too cluttered.

Staff 7. shows the output I’d like... but it required rewriting a line using <chords>. Given that all the lines are already defined as variables, and have discrete voices in the MIDI output, I’d really like to avoid that approach...


Happy Christmas to those who observe that holiday; warmth and light at the winter solstice to all the northerners; remember to use sunscreen to all the southerners.

Thanks in advance,
Chris Maden, text nerd
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Emperor Norton had the right idea.

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