Slur that encompasses notes from another staff

• Aug 15, 2020 - 16:12

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First, I apologize if this question has already been answered. I do try to search the forum first before posting. I'm self-teaching my self how to play the piano. I came across this slur and maybe I can't find the answer because I'm not sure what the proper name for it is. I searched the internet and the only thing I could find was a "phrasing slur"

I purchased a Christmas duet book that has this slur that includes notes from another staff. When I try to enter the score into Musescore I click on the first "D" note and the command-click the half note "G" and press "S". This creates a slur for just the bottom staff notes. I click the slur and use the elbow links to pull it up over the notes on the staff above. But, that doesn't work. It just widens the gap between the two staffs.

The only way I have found was to turn off "automatic placement" then use the elbow links to draw the slur above the top staff. But...I'm not sure if that's the proper way to do it.

Thanks in advance for any advice.

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For such a slur, turning off auto placement is the easiest way I've found to make it look right. Auto placement doesn't like some of the decisions users make.

In reply to by wildernessfamily

Another way to do it is to (ab)use cross staff notation. Here I have entered everything covered by the slur on the upper stave and moved the two initial Ds and the final G to the lower stave using CTRL+SHIFT+Down arrow. I used voice 2 as we need the rests that come in voice 1. There is a certain amount of tweaking of stem directions and and positioning of rests to do and also the slur contour has to be adjusted. The advantage of this method is that the slur is actually associated with the notes it covers. I am not sure how much of an advantage that is, however.


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In reply to by SteveBlower

Nice, I actually tried to do that this morning but it didn't work for me. I'm sure I did something wrong. I will try that again this evening. Like you said, at least the notes are covered. I export to musicsml to use in an app that helps me initially learn the score. Fingers crossed this way the slur will be correct in the xml file. Turning off auto adjustment make the xml just cover the bottom staff as if auto-placement was on.
Thanks for the info. It was very helpful!

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