2.6.1 Common notation for wind instruments

This section discusses some issues common to most wind instruments.

References for wind instruments

Many notation issues for wind instruments pertain to breathing and tonguing:

There are also other aspects of musical notation that can apply to wind instruments:

Selected Snippets

Changing \flageolet mark size

To make the \flageolet circle smaller use the following Scheme function.

smallFlageolet =
#(let ((m (make-music 'ArticulationEvent
                      'articulation-type "flageolet")))
   (ly:music-set-property! m 'tweaks
     (acons 'font-size -3
       (ly:music-property m 'tweaks)))

\layout { ragged-right = ##f }

\relative c'' {
  d4^\flageolet_\markup { default size } d_\flageolet
  c4^\smallFlageolet_\markup { smaller } c_\smallFlageolet

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See also

Notation Reference: Breath marks, Slurs, Articulations and ornamentations, List of articulations, Tremolo repeats, Instrument transpositions, Glissando, Grace notes, Falls and doits, Special note heads,

Snippets: Winds


All wind instruments other than the trombone require the use of several fingers to produce each pitch.


Other languages: espaƱol, deutsch.

Notation Reference