Slash Notation Playback

• Nov 2, 2019 - 18:06

Current playback of slash notation sounds like it might be from the soundtrack of "Children of the Corn" just a constant single note played over and over and over.

Better behavior would be to playback chords as spelled in corresponding chord symbols (piano and guitar), root note of symbol for bass and simple hit on ride cymbal for drums played back in rhythm of the slashed notation.

Attached is rhythm section example.

Also, for reference:

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To be clear: if you use the actual slash notation feature, it is silent. The attached file and user in the referenced thread didn't use slash notation, those are just normal notes but set to have slash heads, so no surprise they play normally. Using the real slash notation makes it silent as it should be but also makes it not transpose, not display accidentals, and other things specific to slash notation.

My habit when it comes to rhythmic/slash notation is to actually voice the parts - ie. write them out to indicate chord voicing, position, etc., then convert the bulk of the part to slash notation. I know it's time-consuming, but it's part of my composition/orchestration process. In the printed parts, the guitarist or pianist would see a measure or two of each section written out as complete voicing, and the rest would be converted to slash notation.

For playback, I do the following: (also time-consuming)
1. Duplicate the staves that need conversion to slash notation
2. Convert the sections that require slash notation
3. Mute the staves with slash notation
4. Make the un-converted staves invisible.

In this way, the full parts are played on the hidden staves, while the visible staves are muted. As I said, it's time consuming, but it's the best compromise to date to achieve slash notation and accurate playback at the same time. It would be really nice if MuseScore could recognize when slash notation represents an actual part that has been converted and play back the parts which are hidden. That would save a lot of time and energy.

That being said, it is my choice to put the extra time and energy into creating a part which is satisfactory in both sight and sound. The sound playback is for my own benefit - in 90% of cases where I write a score, the musicians do not hear the playback I have created... they create their own in the theatre.

[EDIT] If it may have seemed like there was no question there, this is it:
Is it possible to have rhythmic/slash notation and proper playback of parts without having to go through a time-consuming work-around?

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