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I was wondering if anyone knew how to make music notation that looks like the below: enter image description here

I'm not even sure where to start with this kind of thing, I've tried doing it by hand before in Inkscape, but I did not find that easy, algorithmic, or professional looking. I was hoping some kind of package might be available in TeX.

This is another, similar example:enter image description here

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    This looks like a strange hybrid between Western and Japanese musical notation. (For a while I studied shakuhachi.) You might look at this question – A.Ellett May 21 '15 at 4:01
  • I've started looking at Lilypond... can I create things that aren't five line staves with it? – user41692 May 21 '15 at 4:10
  • I've only dabbled with these packages just for fun and for only a bar or two for decorative effect in documents whose primary aim was not about music. I can't really speak to the power of these packages other than I could recreate the first several bars from Mozart sonatas very nicely. – A.Ellett May 21 '15 at 4:12
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    I have never used Lilypond, but I just looked at the examples and I believe both the three bar staff and your special tabulature would be supported. lilypond.org/examples.html is the link. – R. Schumacher May 21 '15 at 4:23
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    @Anthony you must be patient with Lilypond, maybe you like Frescobaldi, is like a frontend for Lilypond. I found this guide for frescobaldi (in spanish) frescobaldi.org/uguide.es.html – juanuni May 21 '15 at 4:43
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For music, I only use MusixTeX, and I've try to make something like your kind of "triagram" on this package, and it seems to work...

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{musixtex}
\begin{document}
\newcommand{\xil}[2]{\zchar{#1}{#2}\cl{*}}
\newcommand{\zil}[2]{\zchar{#1}{#2}}
\begin{music}
\parindent5mm
\setclef18
\setlines1{3}
\systemnumbers
\startpiece
\Notes\xil{3}{0}\xil{3}{2}\xil{7}{0}\xil{3}{0}\en
\bar
\Notes\xil{7}{3\#}\cl{*}\xil{7}{\large$\bullet$}\xil{7}{2}\en
\bar
\Notes\xil{7}{3\#}\en\notes\xil{7}{2}\xil{7}{2}\cl{*}\xil{3}{3\#}\cl{*}\en
\bar
\Notes\xil{3}{0}\cl{***}\en
\endpiece
\end{music}
\end{document}

And the result:

enter image description here

I hope it'd be usefull!!

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