New plugin: Cue Notes

• Oct 16, 2011 - 20:17

FYI, I just uploaded a new plugin, called "Cue Notes":

Nothing fancy. You enter a passage normally (eg, by copying and pasting from another staff), select the region, and run the plugin. All notes and rests are marked small, and velocity is set to 0. Saves the trouble of invoking the Note Properties dialog for the region and having to set three different parameters (small, velocity type, and velocity), and then also setting each rest fo small individually.


I like it!

Is there any way to do the reverse? (i.e., to select cue notes and restore them automatically to normal size?)

In reply to by Louis Cloete

That wasn't available back in 2011, MuseScore 1.x I guess?
Actually the .qml (the 2.x version) does that:

               for (var i = 0; i < notes.length; ++i) {
                  var note = notes[i];
                  // make silent if selected
                  if (note.selected) {
            = !(; // toggle
                     if (typeof chord.small === "undefined")
                        note.small = !(note.small) // toggle

Since 08d636f
In contrast to the .js (the 1.x version):

        if (cursor.isChord()) {
          var chord = cursor.chord();
          var notes = chord.notes;
          for (var i = 0; i < notes; ++i) {
            var note = chord.note(i);
            note.velocity = 1; // so the playback cursor keeps moving
          chord.small = !(chord.small); // toggle

Which sets velocity to 1, as with velocity 0 the cursor stops moving, since 746e782 ;-)

As noted, this is an extremely old thread. The original version of the plugin is no longer valid, but that same link should take you to the current version. And indeed, it works by disabling the "Play" property and setting the chord size to "Small". This is easy enough to manual manual as well, just by selecting the notes (eg, select the range, then hit the "Notes" button) using the Inspector. To undo it, just apply the same process but this time enabling Play but disabling Small.

I know this is old, but apparently it's still updated?

Does this prevent cue notes from showing on the score? That's my biggest problem with cues. They make the score very difficult to read, and very very large - staves with cue notes on them don't hide.


In reply to by Laurelin

If you use the selection filter (F6) you can limit your selection to everything in a voice, like voice 2 for cue notes, and press V to make them invisible in the score, but they will remain visible in the parts if you create the parts before you make them invisible. If you extract parts after, they will be invisible, but there is a set visible button in the inspector that works on a large a selection as you like.

In reply to by barisaxman14

But FWIW, you don't really need the plugin. It was kind of useful in 1.x when it was first developed, less so in 2.x when it became easier to do the things it automated, and even less useful now with 3.0. It's just as easy to mark the notes small and silent yourself using the Inspector, and that's all the plugin does.

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