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12.5.3. Articulations

Many different symbols are used to tell LilyPond to add articulation signs to a note. They are all appended after the pitch and (if included) duration, and many have a position indicator, too.
A full list of articulation markings is available in the LilyPond manual, and Frescobaldi remembers most of them for you (they are stored in the left-side panel).
These are some of the most common articulation marks, which use a position indicator unless specified otherwise:
  • ( to begin a slur (no position indicator)
  • ) to end a slur (no position indicator)
  • ~ to begin a tie (which needs no end; no position indicator)
  • . for a "staccato" mark
  • > for an "accent"
  • - for a "tenuto" mark
  • ^ for a "marcato" mark
  • _ for a "portato" mark (dot and line)
There are three position indicators:
  • - which means to put the articulation mark wherever LilyPond thinks it makes sense
  • _ which means to put the articulation mark below the note-head
  • ^ which means to put the articulation mark above the note-head
These position indicators will sometimes result in notes like: g4--, g4__, and g4^^, but although this may look incorrect, it is perfectly acceptable.