Playback of percussive notes on string instruments

• Jan 19, 2020 - 13:56

Modern pieces often require string players to make drum noises on the bodies of their instruments. Sometimes an x notehead is used along with textual instructions to indicate this.

I have a score in which this is the case and I would like to make MuseScore (and to playback these percussive notes (with some regular GM percussion patch). Any suggestions? I have tried creating my own instruments.xml, but I'm not sure how to create an instrument that has both unpitched drums and pitched notes.


You can't make a single instrument that works this way. However, you can create a second channel that you can set to any sound you like in the Mixer. And you don't need to do any of that just to get the unpitched noteheads - just use the palette or Inspector for that.

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