# problems in spacing

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## problems in spacing

 Hello everyone!I’m a composer that after having spent a lot of years with Finale decided to move to a better sw for music writing and wanted to embrace Lilypond.Which is beautiful… but!I’m really spending more time banging my head on the wall and trying to getting a sense of the manual (which is complete and well written but… very hard to parse if you go just a little in detail), than composing music. And of course I cannot allow myself to do it, because it’s my work.Sorry for the surge, but I want to still give a chance to Lilypond before using a graphic sw to fix it or worse getting sadly back to Finale…This is my problem, as you see in the image:1) how can I separate more my name from the music?2) how can I separate the notes from the bar?And why the b is not in the middle between the c and the a?!It is frustrating because, while in Finale it is very elementary to fix these, in Lilypond I couldn’t find a way that didn’t assume I know the manual by heart.Moreover it seems that I cannot do a proper layout of the score because with system-system-spacing #'basic-distance  it seems I cannot choose an appropriate distance between systems: changing the value only makes the score to change from occupying one page and a half to occupying three pages, without no middle layout (I want to put the score in two pages).Thank you, thank you, thank you! for any support and please excuse the surge!Massimiliano_______________________________________________ lilypond-user mailing list [hidden email] https://lists.gnu.org/mailman/listinfo/lilypond-user
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## Re: problems in spacing

 On 10/23/2018 12:06 PM, Massimiliano Viel wrote: Hello everyone! I’m a composer that after having spent a lot of years with Finale decided to move to a better sw for music writing and wanted to embrace Lilypond. Which is beautiful… but! I’m really spending more time banging my head on the wall and trying to getting a sense of the manual (which is complete and well written but… very hard to parse if you go just a little in detail), than composing music.  And of course I cannot allow myself to do it, because it’s my work. Sorry for the surge, but I want to still give a chance to Lilypond before using a graphic sw to fix it or worse getting sadly back to Finale… This is my problem, as you see in the image: 1) how can I separate more my name from the music? You can use markup for this and customize it to your liking. i.e. \header {         title = \markup \center-column { "Title here" \vspace #.5 }         composer = \markup \center-column { "Composer Name" \vspace #2.5 } }             { \repeat unfold 20 {c'2 c'2  } } 2) how can I separate the notes from the bar? And why the b is not in the middle between the c and the a?! It is frustrating because, while in Finale it is very elementary to fix these, in Lilypond I couldn’t find a way that didn’t assume I know the manual by heart. Moreover it seems that I cannot do a proper layout of the score because with system-system-spacing #'basic-distance  it seems I cannot choose an appropriate distance between systems: changing the value only makes the score to change from occupying one page and a half to occupying three pages, without no middle layout (I want to put the score in two pages). Thank you, thank you, thank you! for any support and please excuse the surge! Massimiliano _______________________________________________ lilypond-user mailing list [hidden email] https://lists.gnu.org/mailman/listinfo/lilypond-user  _______________________________________________ lilypond-user mailing list [hidden email] https://lists.gnu.org/mailman/listinfo/lilypond-user composer | sound designer | asmr artist
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## Re: problems in spacing

 In reply to this post by Massimiliano Viel On 10/23/2018 12:06 PM, Massimiliano Viel wrote: Hello everyone! I’m a composer that after having spent a lot of years with Finale decided to move to a better sw for music writing and wanted to embrace Lilypond. Which is beautiful… but! I’m really spending more time banging my head on the wall and trying to getting a sense of the manual (which is complete and well written but… very hard to parse if you go just a little in detail), than composing music.  And of course I cannot allow myself to do it, because it’s my work. Sorry for the surge, but I want to still give a chance to Lilypond before using a graphic sw to fix it or worse getting sadly back to Finale… This is my problem, as you see in the image: 1) how can I separate more my name from the music? 2) how can I separate the notes from the bar? You have a few options for that sort of situation, one of which could be as simple as just moving the notehead... i.e. \once \override NoteHead.extra-spacing-width = #'(-4 . 0) Sorry for the separate emails, I hit send by accident earlier. And why the b is not in the middle between the c and the a?! Can you share your code with us, it really would help us better see. Spacing can be resolved by several approaches (fix the note, the staff, system, page, etc), so it depends. It is frustrating because, while in Finale it is very elementary to fix these, in Lilypond I couldn’t find a way that didn’t assume I know the manual by heart. Moreover it seems that I cannot do a proper layout of the score because with system-system-spacing #'basic-distance  it seems I cannot choose an appropriate distance between systems: changing the value only makes the score to change from occupying one page and a half to occupying three pages, without no middle layout (I want to put the score in two pages). Thank you, thank you, thank you! for any support and please excuse the surge! Massimiliano _______________________________________________ lilypond-user mailing list [hidden email] https://lists.gnu.org/mailman/listinfo/lilypond-user  _______________________________________________ lilypond-user mailing list [hidden email] https://lists.gnu.org/mailman/listinfo/lilypond-user composer | sound designer | asmr artist