Moving second voice note to the right of first voice note, how?

• Mar 8, 2021 - 07:33

So, I've been analyzing Bach's Fugue in C minor and it's involving a lot of octave changes(I find that especially common when switching from first to second voice, but even within the same voice, I sometimes have to do it, which is easy with the CTRL + Up or Down shortcut) and cross staff beaming(Very similar shortcut to the octave change, just a Shift is in between the CTRL and Up or Down), but then I come across this in bar 16:

Bach C minor Fugue.PNG

At the second eighth note, the A natural in the first voice and the G in the second voice are too close, it looks like they've merged. I need to move the G in the second voice over to the right a little without making the first voice also go to the right. Let me guess, I have to go into the Inspector and adjust the X offset to be positive?


Better workaround - don't resort to cross-staff notation for this, it's completely unnecessary. Just notate the voice on the staff where it occurs, even if that changes from measure to measure. Thie example should have two voices in the top staff, one on the bottom, no cross-staff notation involved.

In reply to by Caters

Exactly, Any measure that doesn't need it, you're better off entering the notes directly onto the staff where the voice appears. Only if the voice changes staff mid-measure would one need to contemplate whether to use cross staff notation. Even then, it's often not needed.

That said, it doesn't hurt to use cross staff notation when not needed, it just creates more work, as you will like need to fix collisions but also often adjust stem directions and position of rests. Sinme people do consider this worthwhile as it makes navigating the inner voice by keyboard easier, which can be useful in preparing a score for a blind user.

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