harmonics in classical guitar music

• Aug 22, 2020 - 19:43

I don't seem to find any information on putting harmonics into a classical guitar score. In the scores I have seen where there are several notes in a row being played as harmonics, the writer puts the guitar strings that will have harmonics applied to them as their corresponding notes (i.e.: e b g d a e,) with a number under each note indicating what fret to touch in order to produce the desired harmonic, and then above the notes will be:
arm - - - - - |

An example is shown in my uploaded file.

Has anyone done this before?

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I never heard about the term "arm", sure that it shouldn't be notated with "harm"? But I'm only semi-familiar with this topic.
You can add it as staff text. For the playback of harmonics the best way is to notate it in another voice, deselect visible for it and deselect the playback for the notated notes inside the inspector.
By the way, there exist a suggestion in the issue tracker for a better implementation of harmonics, see: #81366: Add harmonic symbol for tablature: and harmonic notehead for staves.

Hmm, I commented but looks like my comment didn't save. I commented that I am not sure what you need help with. Do you want to know how to put numbers under noteheads? Or are you wondering how Musescore handles harmonics when you notate them?

In reply to by DouglasRThompson

Add a fingering from the palette, select inside the inspector for placement "below", double click on that fingering, enter the correct fret number, use the spacebar or shift+spacebar in that edit-mode to navigate to other notes and enter the corresponding fret number.

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