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Re: "repeat" slashes and the nature of lilypond

From: wintryblue
Subject: Re: "repeat" slashes and the nature of lilypond
Date: Sun, 20 Feb 2005 17:01:58 -0500

> FYI, I find the midi output of chords useful, for the purpose of proof
> listening. Though the midi output isn't very pleasant to listen to, it's
> certainly good enough to decide whether the typeset chords fit fairly well
> with the rest of the music.
> Erik

I'd have to take issue with that, too. This is again, Lilypond forcing
certain conventions onto the musician that should not be enforced.
Unless you're playing very standard music with very simple chords,
block chords do not adequately describe at all the harmony that is
being said. One chord symbol can mean 10 different things to people
depending on the context of the music and its style, and for Lilypond
to play those awful-sounding block chords just because of a symbol
that may or may not reflect that tonal texture at all is simply bad
practice. When I typeset a lead sheet with chord symbols and do a test
listening I only want Lilypond outputting the notes I put in. Chord
symbols should be graphical objects and nothing more.

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