MuseScore 2.1 Windows 7 Prof
I have been typesetting a work which includes many tremolo markings on individual notes, and I find MuseScore's default placement of the tremolo far from ideal. This is particularly true for up-stem notes, where the tremolo sits almost on top of the notehead. I have looked at Marc's "Mastering MuseScore" page 233 and Elaine Gould's "Behind Bars" pages 219-221. Elaine Gould's recommendations seem to be:
- A tremolo of only one stroke intersects a stave line
- Two or more strokes must be at least one stave-space clear of a notehead
- A stem should extend beyond the outermost stroke
- [The stem] will need to be extended to accommodate three (or more) strokes
- When a tremolo note has a tail or beam, extend a stem if necessary so that the the tremolo strokes are clear of tails and beams
- Where there are one or two strokes, it is clearest if they centre on stave lines
- Tremolo strokes must stay within the stave so as not to be confused with, nor collide with, a ledger line
What isn't stated in either book but is suggested by the illustrations is that perhaps placement of a tremolo mark should be based on "distance from the beam or end of stem", rather than "distance from the notehead" (which I think is what MuseScore is using by default). I'm not sure on this point: any thoughts?
I have created a score with two examples: Ex.1 shows MuseScore's default tremolo placement, and Ex.2 shows what I think the placement should be. But other users with more experience of typesetting will surely wish to chip in with better suggestions?