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README.md

Lilydrum (pipeband-drumming notation)

Somehow, the drums part in lilypond does not cover a notation with only right and left hands (also known as Swiss style drum notation). That is, right is above the line and left is below it. In the same manner as the bagpipe.ly file included with lilypond, flams and drags are defined as a shortcut.

There has been such a lilypond include file earlier, made by Simon Froger (which includes all of the above). This repository builds on work. The original file can still be found at http://lsr.di.unimi.it/LSR/Snippet?id=970.

His website (French) can be found here

This repository has also been converted into a lyp package: lyp/lilydrum.

How to use


To make a pipeband drum staff simply use \new PipeBandDrumStaff. This creates a DrumStaff with a few specific changes.

!! Note that you do not need to use PipeBandDrumStaff to use the rest.

Music needs to be defined in \drummode. You can use every regular drum character (such as sn or bd), as d and g are appended to the list.

Example piece

preview of the score

This was generated by the following code.

\include "lilydrum.ly"

\header { title = "Standards 6/8" }
\score {
        \new PipeBandDrumStaff {
            \drummode {
                \time 6/8
                \repeat volta 2 {
					\partial 8 d8:32( |
					g8.)[ g16 \drag d8]	d8.[ d16 \drag g8] |
					g8.[ \drag d16 d8]	d8.[ d16 \drag g8] |
					
					\tutti {
						\flam d8. d16 g8	d4.:32( |
						d8.) g16 d8	\flam g4
					}
					
					d8:32( |
					g8.)[ g16 \drag d8]	d8.[ d16 \drag g8] |
					g8.[ \drag d16 d8]	d8.[ d16 \drag g8] |

					
					\tutti{
						\flam d8. d16:64( d8)	\flam d8. d16 \flam g8 |
						d8.:32( d16) \flam g8	\flam d4
					}
				}
            }
        }
    }

see ./example.ly for fully annotated code and its score.

Embellishments (Side)


Flams and Drags can be added using \flam and \drag. They can determine whether to be left or right by themselves for simple expressions. If a certain hand is needed they can be inserted directly by appending d or g to flam,drag,.. A \flam d is equal to \flamd d.

There are currently 4 such shortcuts:

  • \flam - A Flam
  • \drag - A Drag
  • \ruff - A Ruff
  • \sruff - A Swiss Ruff

Unison Brackets (Side)


Unison Brackets are triggered using \dr. They need an endpoint which is defined by \fr.

You can use \tutti for this aswell. It takes a music expression which is automagically put under brackets.

Appending dr to the \flam's or \drag's triggers the unison bracket. e.g. \flamdr of \draggdr.

Flourishing (Tenor)


A few flourishes have been added, most are from the EUSPBA:

  • \flourish
  • \splitTheFeather
  • \cartWheel
  • \up
  • \rswipe
  • \blfy - butterfly
  • \rblfy - reverse butterfly
  • \rthrow - throw right
  • \lthrow - throw left
  • \bthrow - throw both
  • \rpush - push right
  • \lpush - push left
  • \bpush - push both
  • \andrewStop - St. Andrew’s Stop
  • \stop

Scoops have not been implemented correctly yet. (see GitHub Issue #4)