musicxml pluck tag is all plucked up

• Sep 29, 2014 - 16:31
S5 - Suggestion

Musescore 2.0 beta 1

Musicxml supports 2 tags for fingering, [fingering] and [pluck]. These represent the left and right hands. It seems the program is reading these two tags into the same internal data structure (i.e. fingering). Many finger picking musicxml files have pluck tags for every note which creates a real mess in the tablature staff. I recommend ignoring the pluck tag in v2.0 until the product supports it. [pluck] is normally displayed below the staff and beams.

Another related issue. The default text style for 'fingering' has a 0 for both horiz and vert offsets. In the tab staff, fingerings are drawn overlapping the note numbers. If the factory default had a -1 for horiz offset the display is much better.

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The main issue is that MuseScore currently is not aware of (as in "does not implement") the separate placement rules for fingering and pluck. Furthermore, if both are present a collision occurs, which is indeed tedious to fix manually (zoom out and drag everything to the correct location).

Fixing this would be my preferred solution, as ignoring the pluck removes useful information.

Attached a few simple files illustrating the issue: some TAB in mscx format, the PDF produced to show what it should look like, the MusicXML file and the result of importing that in MuseScore (once again in PDF).

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