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Re: ties between voices

 From: Lukas-Fabian Moser Subject: Re: ties between voices Date: Wed, 1 Jul 2020 10:43:32 +0200 User-agent: Mozilla/5.0 (X11; Linux x86_64; rv:68.0) Gecko/20100101 Thunderbird/68.8.0

```Hi Carl,
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I think you misunderstood.  The \voices command does not let slurs go across voices.  Rather, it allows existing voices to go into the << \\ >> polyphony expression.
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Previously (and still, if you don't use the \voices command), << \\ >> created two temporary voices, neither one related to the voice containing the << \\ >> construct.  With the \voices command (strictly speaking it's a music function, IIUC), the voices within the << \\ >> construct can be specified, such that the slurs/ties/etc. go between entities in the same voice, rather than trying to go between entities in different voices.
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It might be worth pointing out that it has always been possible to let existing voices continue into a polyphonic section by working without the double backslash \\.
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So, you can always write

\fixed c' {
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<g e> << { \voiceOne f8) b~ } \new Voice { \voiceTwo d4 } >> <g, b>4 <c c'>
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at the price of having to state \voiceOne etc. manually.

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Of course you know this, but it's my impression that beginners often are not aware that it's possible to use << >> (inside a staff) without \\, so I thought I'd mention it.
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(Of course, the tricky part begins as soon as _both_ voices of a << >> construct are to be "connected" via ties/slurs to the surrounding homophonic music, but that doesn't change with \voices either.)
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Lukas

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