MING TSANG | 1 Sep 15:58 2014

Wrong type argument

I uninstall v2.19.12 and install v19.13 and run a lily file and I got the following error.  I then run convert-ly; re-run and got the same error.
The .ly file run without error in v2.19.12.

Starting lilypond-windows.exe 2.19.13 [joyful-joyful-we-adore-thee.ly]...
Processing `C:/Users/Tsang/Dropbox/Lyndon/HYMN/CP_002/joyful-joyful-we-adore-thee.ly'
Interpreting music...
Interpreting music...
Interpreting music...
Interpreting music...
Interpreting music...C:/Users/Tsang/Dropbox/Lyndon/HYMN/CP_002/joyful-joyful-we-adore-thee.ly:37:28: In procedure ly:pitch-notename in expression (ly:pitch-notename tonic-pitch):
C:/Users/Tsang/Dropbox/Lyndon/HYMN/CP_002/joyful-joyful-we-adore-thee.ly:37:28: Wrong type argument in position 1 (expecting Pitch): ()
Exited with return code 1.
Attachment (joyful-joyful-we-adore-thee.ly): text/lilypond-source, 13 KiB
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Guy Stalnaker | 1 Sep 06:01 2014

Qsynth/Fluidsynt output on MacBook/Kubuntu

Dear friends,

I know this is not true "lilypond" topic, but I also know that many of you have extensive experience using lilypond with various operating systems, etc.

I have an old MacBook that I have repurposed into a Kubunty laptop. The only serious issue I'm having is with audio ouput via Qsynth/Fluidsynt. Audio works fine. I can test the audio successfully. I can play digital streaming audio with Clementine. I can play lilypond midi output files via timidity from the command line. All these work find.

But ... if I load Fluidsynth via Qsyth (which is how I use Fluidsynth on two other Linux system) and then run Frescobaldi and play midi output files, the sound is filled with so much noise it's hardly recognizable as music. Sometimes the music will suddenly come through clearly, but most often it does not. I've played with using both Alsa and Pulseaudio and both result in noise. I have not, because I really loathe using it, used Jack Audio.

So, two questions -- has anyone had a similar Linux experience where system audio is fine, but Fluidsynth output is not? Second question is whether one can use Timidity (in its server mode ) with Frescobaldi for midi output?


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Adam Spiers | 1 Sep 02:48 2014

problems with proportional spaced bar alignment

Please could someone tell me why the bar lines aren't aligned correctly in this?


I've tried all the obvious stuff from:


bobroff@centrum.is | 31 Aug 12:29 2014

modalTranspose with chromatic

I'm having a problem with chromatic scales and \modalTranspose.  According to:
it should be possible to do what I want.  Ascending passages work as expected.  Descending ones do not.  I get
an unexpected octave displacement.  The following code produces the odd result.  What I want is for each
descending motive to simply descend a chromatic octave without leaping up an octave.  What is going on and
how can I achieve my desired result?



\version "2.18.0"

chromaticScaleUp = \relative c { c cis d dis e f fis g gis a ais b }

chromaticScaleDown = \relative c { c b bes a as g ges f e es d des }

motiveUp = \relative c {
  c8 cis d dis e f
  fis g gis a ais b
  c4. r

motiveDown = \relative c' {
  c8 b bes a as g
  ges f e es d des
  c4. r

\score {
  \relative {
    \clef F
  \time 6/8
  \modalTranspose c g \chromaticScaleUp \motiveUp
  \modalTranspose c g \chromaticScaleDown \motiveDown

info | 31 Aug 03:06 2014

Re; slur problem

Thank you Pierre and Dominic that was the solution.
info | 30 Aug 21:54 2014

slur problem

I have gotten this to work in score but not in the part

\version "2.18.0"
horn = \relative c,
\clef "bass_8"
\key c \major
\time 4/4
   \time 3/4
   \bar "|."
   \score {
\new Staff \horn
\layout {

the slur from fis1 to the d'2. doesn't work here but did in the full 
score.  So what do I do to make this work in the part?
Patrick or Cynthia Karl | 30 Aug 21:27 2014

Re:lilypond input filename access (Paul Morris)

> Message: 8
> Date: Sat, 30 Aug 2014 08:34:40 -0700 (PDT)
> From: Paul Morris <paul <at> paulwmorris.com>
> To: lilypond-user <at> gnu.org
> Subject: Re: lilypond input filename access
> Patrick or Cynthia Karl wrote
>> Is there a way to access the input filename that lilypond was invoked with
>> in order to include it in text output to the pdf file generated?
> This snippet shows how:
> http://lsr.di.unimi.it/LSR/Item?id=197

That helps a lot.  However,  that snippet begins:

% originally made for
% \version "2.14.0"
% Modified by David Kastrup for V:2.18 on Feb. 2014
and doesn’t compile without errors.  I added a '\version “2.14.0” ‘ statement and ran the version
2.18.2 convert-ly on it and the result compiles without error.  It looks like David’s actual mods have
gotten lost somehow.

I also stumbled upon the following:

	filename = #(ly:parser-output-name parser)

which results in only the filename without the path to the file included.
Peter Van Kranenburg | 30 Aug 18:42 2014

Ossia too long at key change

Dear List,

If right after an ossia there is a key change in the other parts, the 
staff of the ossia extends with the length of the key signature. See 
below for an example. I can't figure out how to make the ossia stop 
right at the bar line.

I tried to do \set Staff.explicitKeySignatureVisibility = #all-invisible
in the ossia staff, but that didn't work.


\version "2.18"

   \new Staff = "ossia" \with {
     \remove "Time_signature_engraver"
     \hide Clef
     fontSize = #-3
     \override StaffSymbol.staff-space = #(magstep -3)
     \override StaffSymbol.thickness = #(magstep -3)
   { \stopStaff s1*6 }

   \new Staff \relative c' {
     c4 b c2
       { e4 f e2 }
       \context Staff = "ossia" {
         \startStaff e4 g8 f e2 \stopStaff
     \key a \major g4 a g2 \break
     c4 b c2
Helge Kruse | 30 Aug 18:01 2014

Re: Tweaked "Trillspanner"

Am 30.08.2014 16:04, schrieb Brian Barker:
> Does this help:
> http://osdir.com/ml/lilypond-user-gnu/2011-04/msg00625.html ?

Yes, that's great. With the Lilypond 2.18 syntax I use:

   \override TrillSpanner.bound-details.left.text = #'()     and
   \override TrillSpanner.bound-details.left.padding = #'-1

The second \override moves the starting point of the spanner to the 
desired position.

Patrick or Cynthia Karl | 30 Aug 16:54 2014

lilypond input filename access

Is there a way to access the input filename that lilypond was invoked with in order to include it in text
output to the pdf file generated?
Helge Kruse | 30 Aug 15:22 2014

Tweaked "Trillspanner"


I am transcribing some drum notes. I found two kinds of spanners that 
look similar to a trill spanner that have been tweeked a bit. Both have 
the wavy line but don't include the \trill in front of the line.

The first spanner starts at the note and stops at the end of the measure.
The secon spanner starts at the note and stops at the next note.

Probably there isn't such a big difference. I assume I can a result as 
in the attach graphic when the "first" spanner is terminated at the 
first not of the next measure.

But how can I get the tweaked spanner? Any idea how to remive the "tr" 
in front of it?