Help! Eighth notes tremolo with half note heads.

• Oct 6, 2022 - 20:31

Hi guys!

I need some help with a score.

I'm trying to digitalize a score and I came across a group of eighth notes tremolo with half note heads (img 1), so I was wondering how to put that on Musescore. The solution I found, which I'm not very proud of, was to change the measure size to 2/4 (keeping the nominal size as 4/4), writing only eight notes and changing the note head with the Inspector.

It works to read, but Musescore plays it now as a 2/4, which is not what I was looking for. Not to mention the rests on the other instruments look a bit funny. (img 2.)

I'm sure there is a more elegant solution. Can anyone tell me how to do it?

Thank you in advance!

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I suppose you could reproduce this non-standard notation with hidden measures and such, or you could update it.
"Two note/chord tremolo
1. Input the notes at half the desired final duration;
2. If a single note, select the first note of the pair; if a chord, select any note from the first chord;
3. Click the desired symbol in the Tremolo palette (double-click in versions prior to 3.4).
Alternatively, you can drag the tremolo symbol onto the applicable note.
Example: To enter a two-note tremolo with the duration of a half note (minim), enter two normal quarter notes (crotchets).
After applying a tremolo symbol to the first note, the note values automatically double to half notes."

My solution makes use of the fact that the notes are adjacent, making this equivalent to a trill.*
Start with an empty 4-beat measure, then:
1. Enter the notes as eighth notes with eighth rests between them. Give them half-note noteheads and tremolo markings like you've already done.
2. Select the first and third rests. In the "beam properties" palette, select the middle beam so that the notes are beamed across them. Then make all four rests invisible.
3. Select all four notes and uncheck "play" in the inspector.
4. In voice 2, add a whole note on the lower of the two pitches.
5. From the articulations palette, add a trill ("tr") to the whole note. Make the note and trill invisible.

*Edit: Ah rats, just noticed it's only a quaver tremolo, so the trill idea doesn't work. You can still use the other idea to get the right appearance without messing up the timing, which gives you the freedom to add the right notes in another voice.

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