Flute slap notation

It is possible to indicate special articulation techniques such as a flute “tongue slap” by replacing the note head with the appropriate glyph. For that we can draw the accent-like note head with \markup.

slap =
#(define-music-function (music) (ly:music?)
  \temporary \override NoteHead.stencil = #ly:text-interface::print
  \temporary \override NoteHead.text =
    \translate #'(1 . 0)
    \override #'(thickness . 1.4)
    \overlay {
      \draw-line #'(-1.2 . 0.4)
      \draw-line #'(-1.2 . -0.4)
  \temporary \override NoteHead.stem-attachment =
  #(lambda (grob)
     (let* ((stem (ly:grob-object grob 'stem))
            (dir (ly:grob-property stem 'direction UP))
            (is-up (eqv? dir UP)))
       (cons dir (if is-up 0 -0.8))))
  \revert NoteHead.stencil
  \revert NoteHead.text
  \revert NoteHead.stem-attachment

\relative c' {
  c4 \slap c d r
  \slap { g4 a } b r

[image of music]

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