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Re: How to add Jazz alt chords

From: Niki Pantelias
Subject: Re: How to add Jazz alt chords
Date: Wed, 26 Nov 2003 22:40:06 -0500
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  I assume from Amy's comment below that there is not currently a way to 
append arbitrary text to a chord symbol...  so I'd like to officially file 
this as a feature request.

  My immediate application would be for modal "chord" symbols, e.g. to label a 
section "D Dorian" and have the D get transposed when lily does the 
transposition for various instruments.  I'm sure I can find a workaround to 
make it look how I want, but having the new feature would no doubt make it 
easier :-)

  -- Niki

On Tuesday 11 November 2003 10:35 am, Amelie Zapf wrote:
> Hi Stephan, all,
> > I'm using lilypond to lay out a Jazz piece.  I'm stuck with a chord
> > "Bb7alt" which the composer specifies. How can I add this chord (as
> > text) to the score?
> I hope you're using Lily 1.6.7 or higher with the corrected jazz
> code...
> I know of the problem... many jazzers write alt chords, which is not a
> real chord designation, but just instructs the player to throw in
> "some altered additional tones", whatever they may be. In any case,
> it's something I don't use, because I could just as well write "arb",
> for arbitrary.
> But it's common practice... so I agree a way should be created to
> typeset this symbol. However, it doesn't align with the Lilypond
> chord handling system at all. Maybe our Lily internals experts can
> give a hint? Making it possible to append text to a chord symbol
> should solve the problem, I guess.
> Take care,
> Amy
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