Feathered beams

• Jan 4, 2021 - 22:35

I would like to write in MuseScore the same shape I read here. Does someone know how to manage it, please? Travature divergenti.jpg


What MuseScore can do is controlled by the feather icons on the Beam Properties palette. See the Handbook section on Beams for more info. I'm not sure you can get exactly that look though.

You can do it but it involves a lot of effort. Musescore treats the whole beam as a single entity and won't let you feather only part of the beam. You could create the first 7 notes in Voice 1 and the next group in Voice 2. Feather the second group's beam and to link (visually only) the two groups you could add a hidden note #8 to the first group.

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In reply to by odelphi231

not really. It's more of a shortcut to writing something like a
128th note followed by a
64th note followed by a
32th note followed by a
16th and so on with other lengths in between.

All of the notes are played within a certain number of beats and only one instrument may be playing the feathered notes while the others are playing at a constant tempo. So the actual tempo of the song doesn't actually change.

I have taken two lines from palette, I have enlarged them to 0,45, I have put them "not automatic positioned" and I have placed them. Of course, it doesn't affect the playback and it must be made only when the layout is ultimated. Feathered beams.png

In reply to by Stefano Rattini

I wouldn't recommend this approach as it will be very "fragile" - the slightest change in layout due to edits later or changes in the default layout in future versions of MuseScore and this won't look right. Instead, I'd go for something more like underquark's method. Probably other variations on that method are possible that might be a little simpler.

In reply to by Marc Sabatella

The first measure hear is underquark's, the second is my variation. A 7-tuplet and a 6-tuplet both in voice 1, with heir beams joined. Then another 6-tuplet in voice 2 overlapping the one in voice 1 (same pitches), noteheads made invisible, beam forced horizontal to match the other, then feathered. Only one "manual" adjustment is then required, to raise the feathered voice 2 beam to align with the top of the voice 1 beam, and that adjustment is pretty robust - unlikely to be too adversely affected by future changes to the score or its layout.

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