Moveable augmentation dots

• Jun 17, 2011 - 18:35

Would it be possible to be able to nudge augmentation dots? I find various instances where it is necessary to move the dot(s) up, down, right, or left, principally in multi-voice music. Perhaps it could work as notes do, where you would double-click the dot before moving it with the arrow keys.

Of course, if there is already a way, please let me know.


Not in 1.0 (nor 1.x yet). In V2.0, yes, they are selectable separate from the note head and double-clicking lets you move them with the cursor keys.

In reply to by schepers

Thanks, I will look forward to it.

In the meantime, I’ll fake it. I have worked with several music notation programs and there isn’t one where you don’t have to “fake it” sometimes. Music is just too complicated, too individualized, and too unpredictable.

If it would help anyone, I highlight a dotted note and make it invisible. Then, from the Symbols palette, I superimpose an undotted notehead over the now-invisible actual notehead. Then of course I also add a dot, also from the Symbols palette. Since it is not a “real” dot and only a graphic, I can move it anywhere I wish. A little awkward perhaps, but it works -- playing back and printing correctly. And you usually don’t have to do this often. (If there is a better way, please let me know.)

Speaking of “faking it,” some may find this interesting. I am attaching a score of the last movement of a brass trio I wrote. This piece was published by C.F. Peters a number of years ago and was originally "engraved" by music notation software I wrote in the 1980s. I recently decided it would be a challenge to re-notate in MuseScore.

Notice that beginning at rehearsal letter D the parts have independent meter signatures and barlines. (It is a three-part canon after ONE AND ONE-HALF beats -- unusual, I know.) I must confess that this took some convoluted manipulation to produce since it breaks most of the rules of music notation.

In order to see and print it correctly, you must have a Microsoft font called “Symbol” loaded. It has been included with Windows for some time and is probably available free from Microsoft.

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Little Trio in Brass III.mscz 13.72 KB

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