Beamed option for tremolos

• Nov 28, 2018 - 17:21

I'm working with V. 3.0, which is gorgeous, but this is true in 2.3.2, as well. Tremolos in musescore looks like this:
Which is fine, I can read it and all. But very nearly every score I see has them written like this: beaming.png
(Dvorak's 8, from NY Phil archives)
Is there anyway to get it to look like that in musescore? I like it much better, looks much neater and more professional, and makes more sense to me. It'd be even better if I could set a preference to default to that beaming.


FWIW, it's more common in older editions to be sure, but the MuseScore default is the modern standard, as recommended by Gould et al. So I wouldn't go out of my to avoid it out of a desire to appear "professional".

In reply to by Marc Sabatella

Well, I usually end up playing old scores, as I play in an orchestra. And I'm the librarian, and Dvorak's eighth is notorious for being error riddled, so using Musescore to make better parts is actually part of my job. And the string section is going to look at me funny if their tremolos don't look how they expect - I'd really like to be able to produce a part that can't be distinguished from the Kalmus editions, except that it's readable... and correct.

In reply to by Laurelin

MuseScore 3 will avoid collisions between markings like text, articulations, hairpins, etc (not all collisions, but many), but you can still force notes on top of each other the same way as MsueScore 2 (voices 1 & 3 overlap by defult, 2 & 4 also). BTW, you can also allow collisions between other elements in MuseScore 3 by turning off "automatic placement" in the Inspector.

As for how to achieve the old-style notation, see for example Do a search (using Google, not this site's search, which doesn't work as well) and you'll find other threads giving suggestions as well.

In reply to by Marc Sabatella

Beaming a half note tremolo, the one case where it is permissible, is what the OP is trying to do.
That's why MuseScore, primarily a scorewriter (the oft heard mantra), engenders a request like this.

I understand that "more and more scores published the last few decades don't use it".
Perhaps the same can be said about some of the early music features currently available in MuseScore.


In reply to by Jm6stringer

To be clear: I completely support this feature request. I was merely responding to the notion that this was necessary in order for a score to look "professional". It isn't; it is necessary in order for it to adhere to a certain older style of notation without workarounds. This has no bearing on the validity of the request, though. I just wanted to be clear that the current behavior actually is perfectly correct and "professional". People who are mostly familiar with older editions understandably might not have been aware of this.

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