Early music ligatures

• Dec 6, 2018 - 14:48

I'm preparing a print edition of a handwritten early music mass in modern notation.
Is there a way to add ligatures (like slurs but straight and sometimes broken). I've tried using various combinations from the lines menu.


I'm not 100% sure on what you are trying to implement, but there are two things that should help you.

You can put slurs into edit mode and move the middle grab box up or down (depending on the direction of the slur) to make them flatter. To put them in edit mode, either double click it, press ctrl+e, or edit it as soon as you apply it since it defaults to edit mode.

Next, in the inspector the is a Line type field that gives you a couple of dashed and dotted options.

There is a third option. If the line is solid and straight, add a glissando. You can remove the checks from Play and Show Text on the glissando to make it look like a solid line that will stay attached to the two notes. If for some reason this line needs to "skip" a note, you can put the glissando in edit mode, select an end grab box and use shift+ arrows to attach it to the next or previous note.

In reply to by mike320

Has this been resolved yet? None of this workarounds is adequate - putting lines in, starting and ending them wherever, and then putting hooks on takes ages; flattening slurs looks terrible. What we need is an upside-down pedal! Musescore has got better at early music, but there's still some way to go. I'd be much keener on paying for Musescore if early music could be sorted.

In reply to by accipitres

Once you have customized a line to look as you like, simply add it to your palette (Ctrl+Shfit+drag) for easy reuse. Also, don't add a line and then set its start and end - select the rang,e then click the palette icon. Does the job completely in one step.

But also note, there is no way to pay for MuseScore even if you wanted - it is always 100% completely free. You could, however, choose to support the score-sharing musescore.com.

In reply to by accipitres

In general, on Mac, the most important difference is that any shortcut involving Ctrl turns into Cmd instead. Usually there are no other differences beyond the most basic different in where the menu is located - it’s at the top of the application for all others systems, somewhere else on macOS.

In reply to by accipitres

To be clear, once you have customised the line to your taste you should hold CTRL (or CMD) and SHIFT down together and then click on the line and while holding the mouse button down drag the line and drop it on a pallet. The line will then be added to the available options on that pallet. Is that what you are doing? If so, what happens instead.

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