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Re: Whole measure rests

From: Kenneth Almquist
Subject: Re: Whole measure rests
Date: Fri, 1 Feb 2002 23:21:31 -0500 (EST)

> The official solution is to use R2. instead of r2. See for example the
> section on rests in the reference manual, which says "Whole bar rests
> centered in the bar are specified using R, see Multi measure rests."
> I find that fairly clear.

Thanks--I missed that.  The reference manual is indeed clear, but
the tutorial could be improved.  In First-steps.html, it states
without qualification that:

    Rests are entered just like notes with the name "r"

I suggest adding a sentence to that section along the lines of:

    If a rest occupies a complete measure, use "R" instead of "r".

At some point it might make sense to make Lily convert "r" rests
to "R" rests automatically.  In most cases Lily will do something
reasonable if you just enter the notes without worrying about
formatting; I think it should do that here also.
                                Kenneth Almquist

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