Bends

A variety of simple and complex (multi-stage) bends can be created with the Bend Tool bend_palette_sym.png, located in the Articulations and Ornaments palette of the Advanced workspace.

Apply a bend

To apply a bend symbol, use one of the following options:

  • Select a note and double-click the bend tool in the palette.
  • Drag the bend tool from the palette on to a note.

By default, the tool applies a whole note up-bend. To edit the bend, right click on it and select "Bend properties." Five preset options are available, if needed, to the left of the graph.

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As you can see from the image (above), the bend is represented by a graph. The dark blue squares are control points, connected by gray lines. The slope of the graph indicates the type of bend:

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

The vertical axis of the graph represents the degree to 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 indicates the visual extent of the bend: each gray line segment in the graph equals width of 1 sp in the score (sp = staff space, the distance between two staff lines). Thus, each blue square added lengthens the bend by 1 sp; deleting a blue square shortens the bend by 1 sp.

A bend is modified by adding or deleting blue squares in the graph. To add a square to the graph, click on an empty intersection. To delete a square, click on it. 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 it appears just above the staff. This height can be reduced, if necessary, with a workaround:

  1. Create another note on the top line (or space) of the staff, vertically above the note at which you want the bend to start.
  2. Apply the bend to the higher note first: this will give you a bend symbol with the lowest height.
  3. To increase the height of the bend move this note downward.
  4. Drag the bend symbol downwards to the correct position.
  5. Mark the top 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 the Inspector.
  • Double click on the symbol; or click on it and press Ctrl+E (Mac: Cmd+E); 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).

Custom bends

After a bend has been created in the score it can be saved for future use by dragging and dropping the symbol to a palette while holding down Ctrl+Shift (Mac: Cmd+Shift). See Custom palette.

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