features in XML files opened in MuseScore

• Jan 1, 2019 - 22:49

I have a pdf TAB score I purchased, the author has sent me also an XML file, both produced by Progression (3 I think). Both files are attached.

The XML opens in MuseScore 2.0.2 reasonably well an octave higher (no sweat). But missing in display is
1) all bar lines between notes, and
2) the pick direction symbols under the TAB staff.

Are there some settings that will automatically include these in MuseScore, or is it just some incompatibility that I have to put up with?

I almost don't care about pick symbols, but I want the bar lines and they are a bit of a pain to create although I can do it.



Attachment Size
Road_Rough_Rocky_Ryan_Final.pdf 51.43 KB
Road_Rough_Rocky_Ryan.xml 123.19 KB


In reply to by dpenny

For the beams, you can replace the time signature with something like 2/2, then reinsert 4/4 so MuseScore will apply the proper beaming. You will want to ensure that there were no notes that spanned beats 2&3, though I didn't see any at first glance.

In reply to by mike320

I tried as follows but nothing happens

1) created 2/2 sig in master pallet.
2) dragged it into "my pallet"
3) opened raw (unaltered) XML file
4) hit CTRL+A
5) opened "my pallets" F9
6) dbl clicked 2/2 - nothing happened
7) repeated #6 by dragging 2/2 onto score - nothing happened
By "nothing happened" I mean - no beams appeared.

To get beams, I still have to
a) select notes in one meas
b) dbl click the "continuous beam" icon

Am I doing something wrong?


In reply to by dpenny

Just use the time signatures from the Time Signatures palette. There's no need to reinvent the wheel in the master palette. Once you have done this, if the beams are not set to the default then press ctrl+a then ctrl+r to reset everything. Actually you can just try that first, the problem with that is it will reset EVERYTHING which may not be what you want.

After further though, you can select a note, right click it, choose Select>All similar items... then press ctrl+r and only the notes will be reset.

"Progression 2.0.329" actually for the XML, Quartz (whatever that is) for the PDF

1) The beams show just fine in MuseScore 2.3.2 as well as 3.0. MuseScore 2.0.2 is quite old by now, but indeed that isn't showing the beams, so better upgrade
2) these pick direction sysmbols are apparently not imported, might be worth a bug report in out issue tracker.

2.3.2 and 3.0 too import an octave too high, I suspect this is due to Guitar usually being notated as an octave transposing instrument? Sure enough in staff properties an octave transposition is seen.
It also assigns a piano sound to it, that ain't right...

In reply to by Jojo-Schmitz

Had a quick look. The attached file does not contain any beam specification, but it looks like MuseScore 2.3.2 and 3.0 guess them correctly. The pick direction symbols are also missing in the MusicXML file. Finally the piano sound: the MIDI instrument is not specified, so it falls back to the default piano sound.
Bonus: the pull off (between measures 2 and 3) is also not found in the MusicXML file.

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