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Re: Repeated durations: pitches vs rests

From: David Kastrup
Subject: Re: Repeated durations: pitches vs rests
Date: Mon, 22 Feb 2021 21:41:11 +0100
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/28.0.50 (gnu/linux)

David Bellows <> writes:

> Hi Timothy,
>> David Kastrup (who probably implemented the feature) comments on the
>> design decisions here
> Thanks for that. That is definitely not a use-case I had anticipated
> though it's nice to see that I'm not alone in wondering about the
> default behavior. And apparently my solution involving an alternate
> syntax (adding a ~ (tilde) to a rest to make LilyPond repeat the rest)
> is probably not worth the effort to implement or maintain.

You can also write things like

\new RhythmicStaff \drummode { tambourine
  4 4 \tuplet 3/2 { 8 8 8 } r8 8
  4 4 r8 8 4

and need to write "tambourine" only once.  If rests would override the
"tambourine", that would be a lot less convenient.

David Kastrup

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