WRITING BAGPIPE MUSIC WITH LILYPOND
- Installing Lilypond 2.12.0
- Grab the installer for your computer platform here: http://lilypond.org/web/install/#2.12
- Or build from source (not really necessary anymore).
Note: If you are using Mac OS 10.5 the GUI of Lilypond does not work. You can however do everything from the command line by creating files like this in a folder in your path (I use ~/bin).
#!/bin/bash exec /Applications/LilyPond.app/Contents/Resources/bin/lilypond $@
Name the file
lilypond and make it executable with
chmod a+x lilypond.
Do the same for other lilypond programs you want to have available, e.g.
- Installing and using bagpipe.ly
Invoke lilypond on cheatsheet.ly. This creates a PDF with all available piping commands and grace notes. Now you can see how to write a crunluath a mach, for instance. This will also let you know if your installation is working properly.
Note: When running Lilypond on a *.ly file, it may seem as if the computer has stalled. This is normal. Lilypond is doing a lot of calculations, and when running a large file it may take a minute or so before you get any output.
bagpipe_new.ly is where all piping-specific commands and settings live. Do look in the file to see how things work. If you find that some gracenotes are missing, you can add them here. The file has this name so it doesn't clash with the file bundled with Lilypond. I'll see if I can get the new file into the Lilypond distribution when 2.14 is released which should be fairly soon.
bagpipe_extra.ly contains some special tweaks I don't want in the standard distribution. You can add your own tweaks here too.
format.ly sets the heading format. Change this if you want anything apart from my standard format.
formatbook.ly sets the heading format for multi-part scores, e.g. piobaireachd. Change this if you want anything apart from my standard format.
_template.ly is a template for new tunes made to be used with the makelily script.
makelily is a Python script I use to build the music found in the sheet music archive on svenax.net. It automatically generates both a PDF and a preview image and puts them in the proper folders. If you want to use this script you'll have to configure some path information and other stuff first.
cheatsheet.ly and bagpipe.ly should be sufficient to let you understand how the bagpipe notation works. You will also need the full Lilypond documentation, available here.
Note: All files must be saved in UTF-8 format, at least if you are going to use anything but ASCII7, else the output will look like garbage.