I had a session with a professional jazz arranger. Several questions.
He was very impressed with the software and may become a user, although he's not a computer guy - writes his stuff by hand, fast as lightning.
Some of these may well be in place already but I haven't discovered them yet.
1. He says for the ensemble score all bar lines should run from top to bottom, as they do at the beginnings of each page, without breaks between instruments. Is that an option?
2. Need some help with cue notes. (I just learned about cue notes from him, so assume my ignorance.) I did find your topic, "How to add cue notes", but he wants to be able to add them above drum parts, whether drumset notation or repeats, and I think above piano parts where there are slashes below chord symbols above. I'm able to copy an instrument's notes to the drum or piano staff and make them small, but it deletes the repeats and slashes. Is there a way to retain the slashes and repeat symbols while adding the little cue notes? I don't know if he wants to retain the note changes or just the rhythm.
3. He also says that the marcato ( ^ ) accents (and presumably also the sforzato ( > ) and tenuto ( _ ) accents) should always be above the staff, not below, even when the stem is up, because that's where musicians see it better. Is there a way to make that a global switch, for those who agree with that approach?
4. His big band is twenty instruments. I assume that to get all those on a page, the procedure is to reduce the staff spacing in Layout/Page settings to compress the score. Would you also increase the page size to whatever your printer can handle? Any other tricks?
5. He also mentioned that it's common to simply tell the drummer to play a particular style with four slashes plus the rhythm style - like "/ / / / Bossa nova". Is anything like that implemented for the synthesizer, and if so, how to do it? If not, where would the "/ / / / Bossa nova" go?
6. He told me that the high priced "Personal composer" software (which he used occasionally in the past) had a feature where you entered a chord symbol and the program would take care of assigning the notes to the available instruments, presumably according to some instructions you give it? Anything like that in MuseScore?
Thanks. These are mostly minor tweaks that we could happily live without but if they're there, I might use them.