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Lilypond 1.4.12: performance marks and chordname typesetting

From: Jonathan Woithe
Subject: Lilypond 1.4.12: performance marks and chordname typesetting
Date: Wed, 27 Mar 2002 12:57:49 +1030 (CST)

Hi there

I'm not sure whether this is a bug or just a `user question'.  I'll take a
punt with te former.

I'm using Lilypond 1.4.12 to typeset some single line sheet music: melody
line, guitar chord names on top, lyrics below.  I want to put notes above
the melody line to denote what part of the song we're up to: Intro, Verse 1,
Chorus etc.  The problem is that I can't get this to work correctly.

The first thing I tried was to put text markup above a note:

  ... | a2^#"Verse 1" ...

The problem with this was that the text often clashed with quaver beams
from notes after the one used to anchor the text.  There seemed no way to
prevent this clashing.

Next I tried `mark':

  ... | \mark "Verse 1" a2 ...

This didn't seem to clash with other note beams, but if the mark was at the
start of a line, it would clash with the key signature (which in the keys of
D and E for example extent above the highest staff line).  Again, I could
see no way to stop this.  In addition, the marks were placed above the
guitar chords, whereas I really need them to be above the melody staff
(between the guitar chords and the melody).

My question is simple: is there a way to typeset this notation without
having it collide with things?

A (hopefully) simpler question: by default when writing chord names,
lilypond uses subscript for the # sign.  Is there a simple way of making it
use superscript instead (superscript seems far more common here in
Australia and is what is expected).

Could you please CC me any replies since I don't frequent this list.

Thanks and regards
* Jonathan Woithe    address@hidden                        *
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