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Re: Stem direction with ties

From: Phil Holmes
Subject: Re: Stem direction with ties
Date: Thu, 26 Sep 2013 12:23:19 +0100

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

\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.

David Kastrup replied:

Well, how would you typeset

\relative c'' {
  e8[ c]~ c a~ a[ f]~ f e

with that rule?

With all stems up. That looks better to me at least.

Elaine Gould, in "Behind Bars" has many examples of where the stems of tied notes do not have the same direction, so typographically we should accept that it's not standard notation. As David said, if it bothers you \stemUp is a trivial command.

Phil Holmes
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