2016-09-17 21:28 GMT+02:00 Karlin High <gne...@hotmail.com>:
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> Subject:     Re: Why the part-combining in American hymnals? (WAS:
> Beaming, partcombine and pickups)
> Date:     Sat, 17 Sep 2016 16:24:27 +0100
> From:     J Martin Rushton <martinrushto...@btinternet.com>
> ...In passing I also note the use of the C-clef, but in an unusual
> position that makes it the same as a conventional G-clef.
> Regards,
> Martin
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> The unusual C-clef is actually the same effect as using \clef "treble_8"
> but with a different symbol. Middle C ends up on the third space.
> For me, that "ladder" clef symbol instantly identifies the song as a
> TTBB men's chorus arrangement. I'm attaching a PNG with a more-typical
> example of what I'm used to. LilyPond's standard C-clef symbol is
> something I hadn't seen outside of the software until two days ago, when
> I found it in an early-1900s men's chorus songbook at a garage sale.
> (The book was something like this one:
> https://archive.org/details/youngmenschorusc00adam )
> Is there any way to get that ladder-style C-clef in LilyPond? Although I
> can live with treble_8, typical TTBB men's chorus audiences here would
> expect the ladder. I remember seeing a discussion for generating a very
> similar symbol, but the right side of the ladder had "flags" going out
> from the top and the bottom.
> --
> Karlin High
> Missouri, USA

You can define custom-clefs pretty easily (as long as you use glyphs
from emmentaler or whatever main-font you use)

#(add-new-clef "myMiddleC" "clefs.petrucci.c4" 1 0 0)

  \clef myMiddleC

add-new-clef needs five arguments:
(add-new-clef clef-name clef-glyph clef-position transposition c0-position)

An additional override for Clef.stencil is possible, ofcourse.

Although it looks pretty wrong to see a c-clef not announcing a line fo the c...


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