Guitar techniques

    Adding a bend symbol to your score

    Bends are created with the Bend Tool located in the the Guitar palette.

    Apply a bend

    To apply one or more bends to the score, use one of the following options:

    • Select one or more notes and click the bend symbol in the palette.
    • Drag the bend symbol from the palette on to a note.

    Edit bend

    When you select a bend its properties appear in the Properties panel:

    • Play: To turn bend playback on or off, check/uncheck "Play" (General section)
    • Line Thickness: Adjust "Line Thickness" in the Bend section.

    Line thickness and arrow width for all bends in the score can be edited in FormatStyle...Bend. General text properties (font, size etc.) in FormatStyle...Text StylesBend.

    Bend shape and width

    1. Make sure that the bend is selected.
    2. [Optional] In the "Bend" section of the Properties panel use the Bend type dropdown to choose from a range of presets.
    3. Make adjustments to the graphical display in the Bend section: see Edit graphical display (see below).

    Edit graphical display

    The bend is represented by a graph consisting of red lines connected by circular, blue nodes. The slope of the line indicates the type of bend:

    • Up-slope = Up-bend
    • Down-slope = Down-bend
    • Horizontal line = Hold

    The vertical axis of the graph represents the amount by which the pitch is bent up or down: one unit equals a quarter-tone: 2 units a semitone, 4 units a whole-tone, and so on. The horizontal axis of the graph indicates the length of the bend: each line segment extends for 1 sp. in the score.

    A bend is created/modified by adding or deleting nodes in the graph:

    • To add a node, click on an empty intersection.
    • To delete a node, click on it.

    Adding a node lengthens the bend by 1 sp; deleting a node shortens the bend by 1 sp. The Start and End points of the bend can be moved up and down only.

    Adjust height

    The height of the bend symbol is automatically adjusted so that the text appears just above the staff. This height can be adjusted, if necessary, with a workaround:

    1. Create another note vertically above the note (shortening the line) or below the note (extending the line) at which you want the bend to start.
    2. Apply the bend to the created note.
    3. To adjust the height of the bend move this created note vertically so that the bend symbol gets the desired height.
    4. Drag the bend symbol to the correct position (to the original note).
    5. Mark the created note invisible and silent (using the Inspector).

    Adjust position

    To adjust position use one of the following:

    • Drag the bend symbol with a mouse.
    • Click on the symbol and adjust the horizontal and vertical offsets in Properties&rarr:Appearance.
    • Press the "edit element" shortcut"; or right-click on the symbol and select "Edit element." Then use the arrow keys for fine positioning (0.1 sp at a time); or Ctrl+Arrow (Mac: Cmd+Arrow) for larger adjustments (1 sp at a time).

    Adding a tremolo bar symbol to your score

    Adding a slide to your score

    Slides can be found in the Arpeggios and glissandi palette. They are of two types:

    • In-between (Glissando-style): Slides that run from one note or chord to the next.
    • In / Out: Slides to be played a piacere before or after a note; can be slide-up or slide down.

    Add a slide

    Use one of the following methods:

    • Select one or more notes as start points, then click the desired slide icon in the palette.
    • Drag the desired slide from the palette onto a note.

    In the case of in-between slides going from one chord to the next, the program will attempt to link the correct notes where possible. If further adjustment is required, see below.

    Edit properties

    For in-between slides, the following properties can be adjusted in the Glissando section of the Properties panel.

    • Type: Choose between Straight or Wavy.
    • Show text: Tick this box to display text. Note: If there isn't enough room between notes, the text is not displayed.
    • Text: The wording displayed above the slide (if any).

    Adjust start and end points of a slide

    In-between slides:

    To move an end handle vertically or horizontally, from one note to the next:

    1. Select the slide.
    2. Click on the start or end handle:
      • Use Shift+ to move the handle up or down, from note to note.
      • Use Shift+ moves the handle horizontally, from note to note.

    Use this command to create cross-staff glissandi. Or to correct the positions of end handles when applying multiple glissandi to chords.

    Slides in/out:

    To adjust the position of the end handle:

    1. Select the slide.
    2. Click on the adjustment handle.
    3. Drag the handle, or use the keyboard arrows.

    Adding a barre line to your score

    A Barre lines is a text-line drawn above a guitar staff to indicate that the passage requires a full or half barre. The following notation is widely accepted in classical guitar music:

    Full bar (2nd fret):

    Half barre (2nd fret):

    The C before the roman numerals can be omitted and other variations in line style and text are possible—according to the publisher.

    To apply a barre:

    1. Click on the start note for the barre, then shift click on the end note to establish the range.
    2. Click on the "Capo Line" symbol in the Guitar palette.

    To adjust the length of a line, see Changing range of a line.

    Adding hammer-on and pull-off symbols to your score

    • not implemented, but show workaround here

    Notating harmonics

    • without "fix to line" we may need new workarounds

    Notating guitar fingering

    • explain the different types of guitar fingering
    • link to full page on fingering