Tedious Tuplet Typing

• Nov 15, 2018 - 11:09

Consider this:
To write four triplets in a row in a measure of 4/4 time, I must:
1. Press N.
2. Select Quarter Note or press 5.
3. Press ⌘3.
4. Input the 3 notes.
5. Repeat steps 1 through 4 again, 3 more times.

This is frustratingly tedious. There is no Tuplet Tool to select that would allow me to write consecutive triplets. Instead, users have to select the total space (step 2), the number of notes within that space (step 3), enter the notes (step 4) and repeat this as many times in a row as necessary.

This is quite annoying, as composers of all kinds of music may write many tuplets in a row. Triplets, for example, are probably the most common kind of tuplet and having to write them in this blocky manner slows down the compositional process substantially.

I believe a better flow would be:
1. Press N.
2. Select Quarter Note or press 5.
3. Press ⌘3.
4. Keep typing notes, which will continue to be input as eighth-note triplets each in the space of one quarter note, until pressing ⌘3 again (or something else) to turn tuplet-input off.


In reply to by MHDrums

For those of us who are not familiar with these two products, Sibelius has a feature, called Sticky Tuplet mode in this blog post https://www.scoringnotes.com/tips/stick-to-it-with-sticky-tuplets-slurs… with a specific shortcut.

@MHDrums, how would you see this working in MuseScore ? Why stick in tuplet instead of keeping up with a full note ? would you prefer a shortcut to keep on entering tuplets instead ?

In reply to by lasconic

This is exactly what I'm talking about :).

Re: "why stick in tuplet instead of keeping up with a full note?", Because it's tedious and detracts from the compositional process, which in its ideal form, has the least amount of time and attention detracted from actually writing as possible. There are multiple keystrokes/clicks involved with the current MuseScore method; the proposed one reduces those steps to 2 (ON and OFF).

The exact same shortcut method would not only make the process keep up with composer's speed-of-thought more, but would also allow former users of Sibelius/Finale to more quickly adjust to writing in our software.

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