The Clairnote Blog

Christmas Carols

Willem Feltkamp recently converted a bunch of Christmas carols to Clairnote and shared them on the Music Notation Project forum.  I've…

Sheet Music: 92 New Works

I'm pleased to announce that 67 new works were added to the Clairnote Sheet Music Library last month.  There were also 25 additions in April…

New Clef Symbols

In December I (finally) designed Clairnote's custom clef symbols and wrote the code to render them with LilyPond.  Take a look! Clef symbols…

New "NoteTrainer" Application

Recently I was checking out The Jankó Keyboard Group on Facebook and was delighted to learn that Andrey Fidrya had written a nice little…

2016-05-08By Paul Morris Untagged

Notehead 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…

2016-02-27By Paul Morris LilyPond

New Key Signatures

Clairnote now has newly revised key signatures that are simpler, more compact, and easier to read, while providing more information and…

Stems and 3-Octave Staves

As 2015 hurtles to a close it is a good time to look back at recent improvements to the code for rendering Clairnote with LilyPond.  At this…

2015-12-21By Paul Morris LilyPond

Double Stems Revised

I received some feedback that the double stems on half notes were too subtle and too easily overlooked in the Clairnote sheet music produced…

2015-10-07By Paul Morris LilyPond

8va / 8vb and Clefs

Back in May (how time flies!) I mentioned some improvements to the code for rendering Clairnote notation with LilyPond.  These started with…

2015-09-17By Paul Morris LilyPond

Clairnote in MuseScore

Clairnote in MuseScore? Too good to be true! And yet, as amazing as it seems, this post is to announce and acknowledge an effort to add…

Sheet Music Library: 71 New Works

Just a quick post to announce that I have added 71 new works to the Clairnote Sheet Music Library.  These are in addition to the 109 from my…

"Collage" – a New Composition in Clairnote

A talented young music student named Samuel Lam has composed a new piece for the piano in Clairnote.  This is a "first" for Clairnote!  The…

2015-05-23By Paul Morris

Staves of Unusual Size

Announcing the latest LilyPond improvements...  Last week I released a new version of the code that extends LilyPond so that it can produce…

2015-04-23By Paul Morris LilyPond

Handwritten Clairnote

With all the attention we give to software for Clairnote it's easy to forget that you can also write music in Clairnote by hand. Just grab a…

Happy First Birthday Clairnote!

One year ago today Clairnote music notation was introduced to the world.  Looking back it's been quite a productive first year (thanks in…

2014-12-07By Paul Morris Untagged

Ledger Lines, Dotted Notes, Beams

Recent work has lead to improved rendering of ledger lines, dotted notes, and beams in Clairnote music notation (by LilyPond). Here's a…

2014-08-22By Paul Morris LilyPond

Chords in Clairnote

Have you ever wondered what chords look like in Clairnote? Including the more complex chords used in Jazz music? A new Chords page has been…

Custom Staff Properties

This post is about going beyond global variables.  It is the last entry in a series of posts about recent improvements to the clairnote-code…

2014-05-28By Paul Morris LilyPond

Now Accepting All Clefs

This is another post in a series of posts about recent improvements to the clairnote-code.ly clairnote.ly file. This one is about clef…

2014-05-20By Paul Morris LilyPond

Staff is the New StaffClairnote

One of the more significant recent changes to the clairnote-code.ly clairnote.ly file is that now when you \include "clairnote.ly" in a…

2014-05-15By Paul Morris LilyPond

Repeat Signs

The first image below shows how LilyPond positions the two dots in repeat signs (by default) for a custom four-line staff like Clairnote's…

2014-04-30By Paul Morris LilyPond

180 Fiddle Tunes in Clairnote

Saint Patrick's day is a lucky day... to announce a new collection of fiddle tunes in Clairnote, many of them of Irish derivation.  So raise…

More Functional Code

In LilyPond news, now that I have learned something about functional programming, I have been rewriting large swaths of the scheme code in…

2014-02-26By Paul Morris LilyPond

Clairnote Print Handout

This website does a nice job of introducing and promoting Clairnote, but sometimes there's no substitute for print media. So I recently…

2014-02-20By Paul Morris Untagged