What is happening to the slurs when exporting to (music)XML?

• May 7, 2021 - 18:45

When I have two successive chords with five notes and I have to draw five slurs for five notes on each chord, then the export with the XML type does not seem to work. In the best case, I am left with two slurs instead of the five I created. I created them with highlighting the two notes and defining with the keyboard "S" a slur.

I noticed that there is some anchor point for every slur, and these are many times the same for many slurs. I do not manage however to change these anchor points (depicted in violet when handling the slur).

Does anyone has some idea?



A Slur is indeed anchored to a full chord and not to individual notes.

What makes you conclude that you are left with two slurs instead of 5? Can you share the MusicXML for inspection?

In reply to by jeetee

"What makes you conclude that you are left with two slurs instead of 5?"
This sounds to me as if (for example) 3 slurs reverted to the default "Above" location for the chord and the other 2 slurs to the default "Below" location. This has caught me out a few times.

In reply to by Ziya Mete Demircan

That's my guess. Ties and slurs may look similar but are entirely different. It's important to use ties when you means ties, and slurs when you mean slurs. With slurs, it would be incorrect normally to show five separate slurs for the notes of a five-note chord. For ties, it's normal and correct and museScore does that automatically.

In reply to by Marc Sabatella

"A tie is similar in appearance to a slur; however, a slur joins notes of different pitches which need to be played independently, but seamlessly (legato). A tie is a curved line above or below two notes of the same pitch, which indicates that they are to be performed like one note equal in length to the two."

See the sections in the MuseScore Handbook:
- Slurs: https://musescore.org/en/handbook/3/slurs
- Ties: https://musescore.org/en/handbook/3/ties

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