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Faster Flowing Frescobaldi

I’m slowly making progress through the sheets of music I’ll need for Christmas gigs with the Charnwood Symphonic Wind Orchestra, creating Lilypond scores via the Frescobaldi GUI. However, there are a lot still to do as I try to minimise the unnecessary hazards to my sight reading (like lines that are down an octave from where I expect or where the quality of the copy I’ve got is compromised) and I need to get faster.

This evening I did a bit of searching and turned up the video below. I would say that the first couple of tips (colour scheme and highlighting speed) don’t look to be what I need but the third one, turning on auto-engraving (and turning off log display when that is done) makes a significant contribution. Rather than having to manually press Ctrl-M to see the result of what I have typed in, the feedback is almost instant. It isn’t quite as fast as full GUI but I maintain the high level of layout control native to Lilypond and I feel that I’m going at double speed.

I also discovered another handy feature of Frescobaldi, which is the ability to add articulations via the GUI interface. Several of the parts have marks like staccato, tenuto or accents on almost every note. That’s an extra couple of key strokes each time or, now, I can ignore them and then apply them to large blocks. The system is clever enough to skip over rests and other bits of mark-up, only affecting the notes.

Full speed ahead!

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