Operation: LilyPond

Operation LilyPond

Operation LilyPond is underway…

I’m currently creating a series of tutorial videos which will take an in-depth look at engraving music using LilyPond. The videos are aimed at beginners and they’ll be following a step-by-step approach in order to help everyone become a power user.

If you would like to see more videos on LilyPond, please click here to subscribe to my channel so you don’t miss any new tutorials! I’m back on my schedule of uploading new LilyPond videos every week!*

*NEW videos just posted to YouTube include a complete, step by step tutorial on MIDI input, MIDI playback, and MIDI export! Here’s the link to the newest MIDI videos! –> http://bit.ly/2d2sxoj

What is LilyPond?

LilyPond is a free, open-source, and cross-platform program. Those of you coming from graphical editors like Sibelius or Finale will notice right away that LilyPond is a different kind of program; instead of dragging notes from a toolbar and placing them on the page, you will be creating your scores by typing text. This text is then compiled (or interpreted) by the program, which then produces beautifully engraved sheet music. In some ways, LilyPond is more like a programming language than a graphical score editor, but don’t let the idea of a learning curve discourage you. It’s really not as steep as you think. There is quite a bit that the program can do that Finale and Sibelius simply cannot. It’s also much better than the old SCORE program most engravers used back in the day.

LilyPond truly brings the aesthetics of traditionally hand-engraved music straight into your computer and into your scores. It is also very easy to insert score excerpts or full pages of your score into LaTeX documents, scientific papers, musicology/research papers, and even HTML.

With these videos, I’ll be starting at the very beginning:

  1. You will learn the structure of a LilyPond input file and basic note entry
  2. We’ll look at more advanced concepts like variables and functions
  3. Then it’s on to formatting and layout
  4. Finally you’ll work on adding the finishing touches to your scores so they look amazing

I recently completed the first playlist which has 25 videos and clocks in at around 2 hours of learning material. You can watch all of the LilyPond tutorials here: http://bit.ly/bcl-lilypond

And if you would like to support this channel and help me to be able to create more engaging and educational music materials, please consider making a donation here: https://www.paypal.me/soundsfromsound

Recently I decided to convert all of my scores from their original Sibelius/Finale formats and archive them as final engravings using LilyPond. My reasoning for this is simple: in terms of purely music typesetting, LilyPond’s output is far superior to any other program available today, including the long-time favorite and de facto standard, SCORE. Click here to read about my engraving project.

New intermediate and advanced videos coming every week!

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