Grace notes playing on the beat instead of before.

• Dec 24, 2019 - 12:58

I have seen posts about the issues with grace notes from 2011, and I don't understand why there is still no option to edit the timing of them.
Currently, 32nd note grace notes, when placed before a dotted crotchet, run over into the beat, instead of leading up to it, please add an option to adjust this.


and I don't understand why there is still no option to edit the timing of them.

Because code doesn't magically appear, but someone has to actually write it (and write it well); then someone else has to review it and merge it into the MuseScore codebase and then a release needs to be created including it.
So far, everybody that has contributed has done so on different areas than this. That's why.

In reply to by BSG

This is so true. But my personal opinion is, MuseScore is a notation programme, these tiny details (I'm gonna call them "tiny" because the duration differences between ideal and present are indeed tiny) of playback aren't likely to get "High" or even "Medium" priority. Not to mention we already have a plugin to control these.

It is my understanding that, depending on the musical time period we are talking about, a grace note is indeed played on the beat. The acciaccatura is played before the beat.

In reply to by Alex Shen1

That is certainly not so in early music. Appoggiaturas are to be played on the beat, and I have never heard live or on recording any performer do otherwise. They are not an "ornament" but a contrapuntal feature sometimes notated as an ornament.

In reply to by BSG

sorry for the formulation: should say:
if you look at early music it is completely wrong that 99% of the ornaments start before the beat (the opposite would be more or less true ). Even today there are at least more than 1% of ornaments starting on the beat (and then the example of guitars to only mention one)

In reply to by wolfgan

That's correct (in Early Music), the ornaments do not start before the beat. Where ornaments start depend upon the era and style and performance tradition of the music, not so much on the instrument (although, of course, there are instrument-specific ornaments, e.g., bagpipes).

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