Contemporary Music Notation: Staff type change, feathered beams, adding extra noteheads, symbols and accidentals

• Sep 21, 2009 - 18:57

I've been using MuseScore for a few days and I'm very impressed in a positive sense. But there are a few things I coudn't manage to do, and they are very common in contemporary music notation:

1. Staff type change: how to change the number of lines in a staff at any point? That means also having the options of a no-line staff (specially neat for long tacets).
2. Feathered beams: those tilted beams used for indicanting accelerandos and ritardandos independently from other instruments (see for instance)
3. Adding extra notehead types, symbols and accidentals: Is this possible?

Thank you very much,
Rodolfo Valente


1- not possible to reduce the number of lines at a given point. For no line staff, you can select a measure and make it invisible by right click -> measure properties

3- You can drag and drop any graphic files to the score. What sort of symbol, accidentals etc... would you like?

In reply to by [DELETED] 5

When I asked about I was just wondering I could create my own accidentals (such as sharps and flats with arrows up and down for microtonal inflection) and noteheads (I use square noteheads sometimes..... like in Sciarrino's flute pieces) and simply add them to the lists in the program...
Is there a way to change several noteheads at once?

1. You cannot change staff type mid-way through a piece, but you can hide empty staves on a score (search for "hide empty staves").

2. Feathered beams are not supported. However you can achieve some graphic notation by dragging-and-dropping images into the score (PNG or JPG files).

In reply to by David Bolton

1. Start with the smallest number you're going to use (e.g. 2 lines) and add the others manually using Line. That can be time consuming in some cases but usabel in others.

2. Feathered beams may not be played back, but i can use a graphical solution pretty close to the one i used in Sibelius:
a) create a tuplet with as many notes as you want (if you want something different than 2, 4, 8, 16 etc.), without number or bracket
b) put all the beams together and tilt them the way you want the outer boarder of the feathered beam to be
c) create Lines and adjust their thickness to be the same as the beams (this feature is really useful)
d) put them in the place to complete the feathered beams and adjust the inclination to make them look good

This is ok for me. But in the meanwhile I had these strange difficulties:
1. if i try to complete a tuplet the program just stops respondig (i tried 17 eight notes in a 4/4 bar)
2. after changing the thickness of a line its very difficult to select and move it.
3. Another thing is copy and paste do not work for lines apparently (is there another copy paste option, such as alt+click?)
I've trying the program both in Tiger and Snow Leopard and the behaviour is similar.

In reply to by Haotian Yu

For the record, yes, that's the same type of feathered beam that will be supported in 2.0. Just create a normal set of sixteenths or smaller (to get the number of notes & beams you like), click the beam, then double click the feathered beam icon on the Beams palette.

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