Need way to generate parts by staff, not by instrument

• May 8, 2019 - 16:01
Reported version
Ergonomical (UX)
S3 - Major

Currently, for instruments that have multiple staves, there is no way to generate parts for each staff. This is very important for linked notation and tablature staves. Consumers of instrumental parts do not want to see notation and tablature together, they want to see one or the other. A part with both consumes too many pages and is harder to read.

There is no workaround for this within auto-generated parts. The only workaround is to create separate scores for each part. See here for a developers' chat that has some details about the lack of other workarounds:

The real solution for this is to add a feature whereby you can generate a part for a staff, not just for the entire instrument.


Severity S3 - Major S5 - Suggestion
Workaround No Yes

There is no workaround for this within auto-generated parts?

Check out this file: Alternate staves in parts.mscz

Here's what I did starting with one staff. I set the display to standard and created a part. I then changed the display to tablature and created a part. I then added a linked staff and changed the top one to standard. I now have a score with both staves and a part with each staff. Notice that changes in one are shown in all of the others.

I have changed the status to suggestion since this is actually possible, so by no means a major issue.

What I would like to see is the ability to make individual horn parts from the "grand staff" used in the symphonic templates, which cannot be done currently as far as I can tell.

Severity S5 - Suggestion S3 - Major

That suggestion does require that I create a new score, or at least recreate these staves, unfortunately. Next time I create a new score I'll give it a try.

I'll agree it should fixed so I'll leave it to someone else to decide if this is properly a suggestion or bug. As we discussed on telegram, my work around has issues on existing scores and should only be used on new scores or score with no manual adjustments of fret positions - which I suspect is rare.

I was short in my explanation of the "Grand staff" used in symphonic scores. This is how the horns are notated in the templates. Making parts for 4 horns from these requires unacceptable workarounds at best.