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Cross-staff stems

Sometimes, on music for instruments that use more than one staff, you may want some of the notes of a chord to be printed on the staff above or below, rather than using a lot of ledger lines. You can specify this by putting the word "with" before the notes that are to go on the other staff, and following those notes with "above" or "below" to specify which is the other staff. For example:

score
	staffs=2
staff 2
	clef=bass
music

1: 1e+g+c++;
2: cc+; ee+; g with g+ above; with c+c++ above;
bar

1: cc+; g with g- below; e with e- below; with cc- below;
2: 1c-e-g-;
bar

Picture of Mup output

The notes for the other staff have to follow the notes on the normal staff in the input. As is shown in the example, it is possible to have all the notes on the "other" staff, if you wish. The octave is specified as if the note were on the normal staff; Mup will automatically adjust appropriately for the other staff's clef. Once in a while, Mup may not be able to figure out how to completely avoid colliding with other notes; in that case you can use the horizontal offset that was described earlier.

For MIDI purposes, only the normal staff's key signature and accidentals are considered, so if the other staff has a different key signature or accidentals that should really apply to these notes, you will have to supply accidentals explicitly.


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