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Re: Shorthand for "once override"?

From: Alasdair McAndrew
Subject: Re: Shorthand for "once override"?
Date: Wed, 2 Sep 2020 20:20:44 +1000

Errr... because I don't know enough about Lilypond to distinguish between an override and a tweak.  I just happened to have found a Lilypond score (admittedly an old one) which uses overrides to place special symbols next to notes, and I'm doing that because I can see that it works.  But if tweaking is the better option, I'll do that instead!  

Thank you for the suggestion.

On Wed, Sep 2, 2020 at 8:08 PM David Kastrup <> wrote:
Alasdair McAndrew <> writes:

> In my attempt to typeset some early 18th century French music for viola da
> gamba, I'm trying to keep to the original notation as closely as possible.
> Thus I'm using a breath mark to indicate a trill, and a sans-serif x for a
> mordent.  So for example, I have
> mx = \markup {\teeny \sans x}
> But to put this symbol next to its note (where it belongs), I have to write
> something like
>  \once \override TextScript #'extra-offset = #'(1.5 . -1.5) f4.^\mx
> to ensure it goes in the right place.  Is there any way of simplifying
> this?  Ideally, it'd be nice to be able to write something like
> f4.^{\mx 1.5 -1.5}
> and leave all the once override stuff out of the score itself.  Or is there
> another way of placing a symbol where I want it?

Why wouldn't you use a tweak rather than an override?

David Kastrup


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