How to denote a TRILL.

• Oct 18, 2018 - 14:29

I have been finding my way pretty well, but have finally hit the wall.
How to you indicate a TRILL?
Two days trying, no success.


There is a tr symbol in the articulations and ornaments palette as well as a Trill line in the advanced lines palette. Both play a trill properly with no accidental.

There are a few different variations on the trill symbol in common use, MuseScore does support them all.
In the articulations palette is the "tr" with no wavy line. Also the short wavy line used to indicate a mordent or similar "short" variant of a trill. Under "Lines" is the "tr" plus longer wavy line, as well as the wavy line with no "tr". I'm not aware of any other common ways of expressing a trill. So if there is something you feel is missing, please attach an image, or post a link. It's possible it will turn out the symbol you are thinking of is not actually meant to be a trill at all, as others have suggested.

In reply to by Schuarta

The first shows both a trill (the word trill plus the wavy line) and a tremolo. The second is just a tremolo, no trill in sight. To get the word "trill" to show, just right click the trill after adding it and go toLone Properties. But the tremolo is something else, and you need to add it as described in the Handbook for tremolo.

In reply to by Schuarta

I would say the trill indication is redundant. The tremolo would play the same as a trill on the B-flat. I would only use text and mark the trill line to not play to avoid having MuseScore decide for itself what it should play - which has about a 50/50 chance of being wrong. By the way, trills do not have a line property, so you can't add the word to the line. As I suggested, use staff text for the word trill and line it up with a trill line that is marked not to play in the inspector.

In reply to by mike320

Ooops, that's what I get for posting from my phone where I can't test first :-). Indeed, no ability to access line properties for trill lines. I wonder if that couldn't be improved, though. For 3.0, Line Properties is replaced by the Inspector; it would in theory be possible to add a text field to the trill section without needing to add all the other "text line" details like hooks etc.

But it's worth pointing out that use of the word "trill" here is highly unusual. Unless there is really some specific reason to need to create non-standard notation like this, better to just use the standard notation found in MsueScore that's going to be more familiar to musicians anyhow.

In reply to by Marc Sabatella

I'm not sure what the goal for the transcription is. If it is to modernize it and make it look like it was published this century I would choose the tremolo indicated in the score since it was used elsewhere in the same score. If the goal is to make it look like the previously published score, then I would use both as described above. There are many of us who prefer to use the historical notation rather than modernizing it. Fortunately, MuseScore allows for common historical notation with proper playback most of the time. It also gives the flexibility to insert such non standard notation as in the measure in question (the redundant trill).

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