Drum Notation is Annoying (and this might fix it?)

• Dec 22, 2022 - 04:44

I have a suggestion to improve drum notation input. Take this standard workflow: I want to write kicks on 1 and 3 with snares on 2 and 4. I can write the kicks in fine, but I can't just write the snares where I want them. I have to write temporary quarter notes on all beats of the bar and then delete the ones on beat 1 and 3. I just wish when I hovered over where beat 2 should be (I've already put in my kick drums which divide the bar into 4 beats) it should give a little greyed out preview of a quarter note on beat 2 with a quarter rest on beat 1. I realize this might be a large-scale change, since that behaviour would probably need to be consistent across the app and that might not be possible. Just a suggestion!


This is a really good point, and it does indeed make for a very strange experience. The problem has fundamentally to do with the connection between the percussion panel and note input, which I think needs to be re-conceived. Thanks for raising this! I'm going to tackle it very soon.

In reply to by Robert Dusemund

The problem is in part due to the "hands and feet" concept of drumset notation. As a result the snare and kick drums are in different voices. So all the voice rules apply. The whole Drum palette method of notation input takes me so long that I don't write drumset parts in MuseScore any more. Other software lets me input notes much more simply.
In general it would be nice to be able to put a note on any beat without having to add rests first, for any instrument.

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