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Re: Stem direction with ties

From: Phil Holmes
Subject: Re: Stem direction with ties
Date: Thu, 26 Sep 2013 09:43:50 +0100

"Per Starbäck" <address@hidden> wrote in message news:address@hidden

\version "2.16.2"

\relative c'' {
 b~ b8 a b4~ b8 c
 a8 b~ b4 c8 b~ b4

the stems of every b goes downwards. I think it would be better if tied
notes had the same direction, to make it clearer visually that they belong
together. Then two of these stems should go up instead.

With beams it does work like that. Shouldn't ties be even more so than
beams? I have no references saying that it should be so, but here is the
actual example where I encountered it:

 b4~(-> b8. g16 \times 2/3 { fis8 e dis) }

This is RH 3rd measure of Carl Nielsen's Alfedans, and has the b-stem up in
the original.

(That original also has the b-stem up in the following measure

 cisis4.( dis8 b')\staccato r

though. Maybe it treats even slurs as a reason to get the same direction
when it's a b that is in the middle anyhow.)

\new Staff \with { \consists "Melody_engraver" }
\relative c'' {
\override Stem #'neutral-direction = #'()
b~ b8 a b4~ b8 c
a8 b~ b4 c8 b~ b4

moves closer to what you want - it considers the note direction of surrounding notes when deciding the direction of the note on the middle staff line.

Phil Holmes
Bug Squad

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