using small note head notes

• Aug 13, 2019 - 05:10

For the sort of music I write I need to be able to insert small groups of decorative notes (often multiple numbers of them) in such a way as to not interfere with the basic rhythmic layout of a piece. See the example I have posted where the thirty second notes could/should be inserted as small notes and it left to the performer to interpret how to fit them in (before the beat or on the beat etc). I can't figure out a way to do this with Muse Score without the program insisting that these little melodic decorations must belong to and be part of a beat. Any advice out there on this topic? Thanks

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Perhaps grace notes? They are not quite as easy to work with as regular notes, but the idea for making a chord is the same. Select a grace note and press shift+letter to add a note to the chord.

If you are writing for the bagpipe, in the advanced workspace there is a bagpipe embellishments palette that makes adding bagpipe embellishments easier. These work basically like a grace note.

In reply to by mike320

Thanks Mike. In classical music notation, e.g. for the piano, what I'm wanting to do is extremely common. It's a way of highlighting for the performer which notes are melodic and which ones are in the category of decoration. In printed versions of Chopin, Schumann, Debussy and many, many 100s of others, the music is written down in such a way as not to interfere with the rhythmic organization of the more essential melodic material. A lot of the avante garde music of the 70s,80s,90s does the same thing and Finale and Sibelius can handle it reasonably easily. As you say, in Muse Score grace note notation might be the answer, but if I notate what I have in mind as grace notes I might end up with quite a few of them in some places. I will continue to experiment with Muse Score in this area; I'm sure the facility will be embedded there somewhere. But I guess my point is that, what I'm requiring is so common in classical (including modern classical) notation that it probably needs to be a more upfront and obvious feature on the Muse Score pallette.

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Most of what I do is classical symphonic works, with only simple piano pieces as you would see if you look at my .com account. I'm not familiar with what you are doing. Could you post a link to a score on IMSLP that shows this notation and point me to a measure that shows it. I will then have a better idea of what you are trying to do and perhaps there is an obvious (or not so obvious) way of doing it that you are not seeing.

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