Announcing LilyBin + Clairnote

LilyBin is a website that offers a convenient web-based interface for using LilyPond.  While it is not fully-featured like Frescobaldi, it lets you try LilyPond without having to install it first and it lets you use LilyPond on a tablet or phone where (unfortunately) LilyPond can’t be installed.  Today I’m pleased to announce LilyBin + Clairnote, a version of LilyBin that supports Clairnote music notation. Check it out! And read on to learn about the technical details involved in making it. Continue reading

Sheet Music Library Now With Search

Just a quick post to announce that I have revamped the Clairnote Sheet Music Library, providing a number of improvements. Adding search was the primary motivation.  Previously you had to rely on your browser’s “find text on the page” feature to approximate search functionality.  Now we have real search as we’ve come to expect, with only the relevant results shown, sorted by how well they match the search term(s). Continue reading

Note Head Shapes Refined

In addition to the new key signatures covered in the previous post, the latest clairnote-code.ly clairnote.ly file (see Software:LilyPond) also includes revised note head shapes.  These new shapes provide a little polish, a touch of subtle refinement for the aesthetics of Clairnote sheet music produced by LilyPond. Lets take a look! Continue reading

New Key Signatures

Clairnote now has newly revised key signatures that are simpler, more compact, and easier to read, while providing more information and greater parity with traditional key signatures.  Namely, they now indicate which notes in the key are sharp or flat, and not just how many are sharp or flat.  This greater parity makes it easier to learn both Clairnote and traditional notation, to switch from one to the other, and to use certain aspects of standard music theory with Clairnote. Continue reading