Partial measure

Music Glossary: anacrusis.

A pickup (or anacrusis) is entered with the keyword \partial. It is followed by a duration: ‘\partial 4’ is a quarter note pickup and ‘\partial 8’ an eighth note.

\relative {
  \partial 8 f''8 |
  c2 d |
}

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