Lines - how can I create a custom line that looks and acts like an above-staff pedal but doesn't affect sound?

• Jan 17, 2021 - 03:07

Thanks in advance to anyone who can help me figure this out....
note: I've just updated to 3.6 today

See https://musescore.org/en/node/315372 for the larger extension project I am working on.

In pipe band snare drumming, a hooked line above the music distinguishes between when the lead drummer plays alone, and when the corps players join in (tutti).

I am trying to create a line for my custom pallette that looks similar to a pedal line, but above the staff, and that doesn't actually do anything.

Using add > line > note anchored line, I can make this (although the "allow diagonal" checkbox is acting weird)

But when I add the line above to my custom pallette and then select some notes and click on the pallette line, it doesn't add a matching line for me like I would expect (and like the pedal line does).

Please see example attached.

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In reply to by SteveBlower

I've done what you suggest. see example in OP.

When I add the custom line to my custom pallette and then select some notes and click on the pallette
line, it doesn't add a matching line for me like I would expect (and like the pedal line, volta line etc. does) - instead, it does nothing and I would have to add 100s of individual lines using add > lines > note anchored line to my scores.

I am looking for guidance on a solution to do one of these things:
- how I can remove the "pedal effect" from the pedal line (no obvious option in inspector, but I'd be open to direction on where to meddle and creating a plugin)
OR
- how can I create a line I can add to my pallette that will then be applied to groups of selected notes just like how other lines in other pallettes work?

In reply to by Kdudek

Don't use a note anchored line. That is a different thing

To be clear the process is:

  1. Add a plain text line to the score (anywhere will do). If you hover over it in the pallet the tooltip should just say "line". If you prefer you could use the one that looks like Text line.jpg for which the tool tip says "Text line", but then you would need to delete the begin text in the inspector.
  2. Select the line
  3. Change the begin and end hooks in the inspector
  4. Hold down CTRL and Shift (or whatever the MAC equivalents are if you are working on a MAC) and drag the line to the pallet.
  5. Select a range in the score
  6. Click on the new line in the pallet.

Repeat 5 & 6 as desired.

In reply to by SteveBlower

OK! thank you so much for your help! I've got it now!

I did what I thought I had been doing all along, but starting with the plain line you suggested from the lines pallette instead of add > lines > note-anchored line.

Thanks again for your patience while I sorted this out!

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