Hi all, as promised after the release of , I update my Lilypond cheat sheets for each stable version. After came out recently, here is the. Syntax. Description. Example. 1 2 8 durations. [image of music]. c4. c augmentation dots. [image of music]. c d e f g a b. scale. [image of music]. fis bes. Basic LilyPond Cheat Sheet. Dear all, Sometimes it can be very useful — in particular for new and not so experienced users — to have the basic.

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When run through LilyPond, it renders the musical notation, e. The generated MIDI files leave out many expressive effects, making them unsuitable to demonstrate nuances of music notation.

You do not need to be able to write music yourself to be able to transcribe music from existing, published sources. Reading basic musical notation is not that difficult and once you know what the symbols mean it is usually easy to write out the appropriate code in either LilyPond or ABC.

Notes are written in ” bars ” on a ” stave ” or “staff”. A stave starts with a ” clef ” and will usually have five lines. A bar is a section of the stave, representing a period of time, marked by vertical lines called “bar lines”. Knowing the pitch and duration of notes is important.

The pitch is shown by the vertical position of the note head. Each line and each space is a different pitch. On staves with a treble clef the first example in the diagramthe bottom line is E. The space above is F and the line above that is G; and so on until the top line, which is F. Common mnemonics that can help you to remember these are ” E very G ood B oy D eserves F avours” for the pitches on the lines and “FACE in the space” for the pitches on the spaces between lines.

On staves with a bass clef the second example in the diagramthe pitches are two lower than with a treble clef.

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The bottom line is G and the top line is A. Mnemonics that can shedt you to remember these are ” G ood B oys D eserve F avours A lways” for the pitches on the lines and ” A ny C ow E ats G rass” for the pitches on the spaces. For more complicated symbols, please refer to List of musical symbols on Wikipedia and the Wikisource help page Help: List of musical symbols. It may also help to read parts of Music Theory on Wikibooks, especially the page ” How to read Music “.

Score ignores excess white space, which can be useful when writing music just as it is with writing computer code. The following is perfectly functional lioypond. However, with long pieces, it can be hard to read for anyone attempting to edit it even for the original user. Pipes can be entered to indicate separate bars, for example:. This is a little better because a user who has noticed a mistake in the third bar can more easily find the code the corresponds to that bar.


All notations must open and close with the score tags. When writing in LilyPond, “commands” start with a backslash and “expressions” are containing in curly brackets. All notations must be contained in a single musical expression.

A command followed by an expression counts as a single musical expression. In this mode notes are assumed to be the closest pitch the the previous note. Absolute notes can be entered instead. Notes can be entered as the appropriate letters, separated by spaces. LilyPond is whitespace insensitive, so it does not matter how much space is put between any element.

Notes can be separated into different lines or follow each other in unbroken sequence without causing any difference. Notes can be raised an octave by adding an apostrophe after the letter, raised two octaves by adding two apostrophes, and so forth. Similarly, notes can be lowered octaves by adding commas after the letter in the same way. This applies to the note used in relative mode as well: The duration of notes can be specified by adding a number after the letter: The default is 4.

All subsequent notes will repeat the duration of the previous note until shewt new duration is specified. If raising or lowering a note as well as changing ccheat duration, the number follows the apostrophe or comma. Song lyrics can be added lilyopnd to a score.

They are held in a separate expression and have their own code for lilyoond situations. The whole score will appear something like:.

The words of the lyrics should be places in the expression following the addlyrics command. Each syllable should be separated by a space. LilyPond will automatically assign each syllable to a different note. The assignment of syllables to notes can be altered by code based on underscores. Multiple syllables can be aligned to the same note by lilypohd the syllables with underscores.

Alternatively, one syllable can be aligned to multiple notes by using underscores instead of subsequent syllables which would otherwise be assigned to those notes instead.

Extender lines can be created with a double underscore with space either side of it. Where a word is split into syllables this is indicated with hyphens between the syllables. Hyphens can be created with a double dash in the lyrics with spaces on either side.

The Score extension also supports ABC. This was originally designed for monophonic Western folk music, although it can be used shset typeset pretty complex stuff.

It’s simpler to learn than Lilypone, and probably less taxing on the server. The pitch is usually represented by a letter. Middle C is entered as C and all the pitches up to Bass C are capital letter. Bass C and subsequent pitches are entered as lower case letters. The pitches below Middle C, to Treble C, are capitals with a following comma as in LilyPond and the pitches from Low C upwards are lower case letters with a following apostrophe also as in LilyPond.

This full sequence is: Duration is lolypond by a fraction after the pitch. If a note is entered without a duration, the default length in the header is used. Pieces in ABC notation start with header lines that either provides information or can affect the way the score is displayed.

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Each one is a capital letter, followed by a sheeh and the appropriate value. For example, L is the header line for default note length. The following sets the note length for a piece at a crotchet or quarter-length note:. As well as simply allowing Wikisource users to write in musical notation, the score extension can generate Midi ceat Ogg Vorbis files based on that notation.

To play in a browser, Javascript needs to be enabled. Amongst other things, it can be downloaded by right-clicking on the image and selecting the appropriate option from your pop-up menu. If Ogg Vorbis is enabled, a javascript control module is created below the chwat image, which can stream the generated file; which can be played and cheah and the volume altered via the controls.

Both can be added to the same tag. Additionally, the Midi and Ogg Vorbis files can be overridden. When enabled the Score extension will normally generate either or both file s. With additional attributes, the Score extension can instead use a Midi or Ogg Vorbis file uploaded to Wikisource or Wikimedia Commons held it the File: Contents Sheet music related portals: Wikipedia articleWikidata item.

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This page was last edited on 4 Octoberat By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. SM The Score extension is now deployed on Wikisource! Beaming will be created automatically by the extension by default. To force this, however, or if automatic beaming has been deactivated, beaming can be indicated manually. An open square bracket should be placed after the first note to be beamed. A closing square bracket after the last note ends the beam.

Chords can be written much like other notes.

However, all the notes in a chord should be wrapped in angle brackets. If setting the duration, a single number should be placed after the closing bracket.

Like notes, the duration of rests is set by a following number eg. Full bar rests can be indicated with a capital R. Slurred notes work in a similar way to beaming, but using round brackets parentheses. An open bracket after a note begins the slur and a closing bracket after the final note ends the slur. Slurs cannot be nested. Ties can be indicated with a tilde after the first note. Ties look similar to slurs but only occur with notes of the same pitch.