Chord upstrokes and downstrokes playback

• Aug 4, 2021 - 03:49

Is there any way for Musescore to playback upstrokes and downstrokes for chords? Or even slides or bends and pulloffs for that matter? thanks


You'll find some examples for playback of strumming in other discussions here in the forum (for example:, but IIRC there are some more).
For bends see:
Hammer ons and pull offs are not implemented, there is a suggestion for notation, but I'm not aware of a workaround for playback, see: #16262: Slurs: integrate a text option to enable annotations for hammer ons (e.g. H) and pull offs (e.g. P).
For slides add as mentioned a glissando, see:

In reply to by razzbizz

Indeed, no particular reason some motivated volunteer couldn't decide to implement this, just as lots of other playback features were implemented by other motivated volunteers. So far, this one just hasn't motivated anyone with the necessary skills yet. No doubt in time it will happen.

Is there any way for Musescore to playback upstrokes and downstrokes for chords?

Clicking on a glissando revealss an adjustable parameter in the Inspector called 'Stretch'. Setting its default to a value less than 1.00 will 'compress' the glissando rather than 'stretch' it.
Compressing the glissando this way can produce a 'strum'.
Choosing an arrowed glissando symbol will produce chord up-strum and down-strum playback.
The downbow/upbow symbols in the Articulations palette can be used to notate the down/up strumming. (Those same symbols are the ones used to show down/up 'single note' picking.)

Have a look/listen:
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BTW: The hidden down/up glissando arrows can be displayed as an alternative up/down strum notation, if desired.

In reply to by Jm6stringer

Thanks for reply . Ok , so what ? and where ? is a glissando? Can this stretch mod be activated just where the chords are played? Is that the arrow next to the chords? I dont see how to get that. But its like when i select it , then it selects the whole chord rather than just one note of the chord.

In reply to by razzbizz

So i figured where the glissando is (under the advanced) , but it dont seem to affect my chords like yours on playback. Maybe because of the faster tempo mine is playing. How do you get that tempo text at the beginning of each staff? My main tempo text is at the top , beginning staff , but if i click on other staff's and click style/tempo text , then ok , it dont appear there.

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