Best Practice for Arpeggio and multiple voices

• May 18, 2024 - 12:45

I have a rather simple piano notation that should look like this:
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To achieve this the process was rather complex and I needed 3 voices with indiviudal settings for visibility and playback:
- When I just use 2 voices I can't get the arpeggio to work:
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  • so I need to use voice 1 for the arpeggio and voice 2 for the whole note. and disable visibility for the lower note in the first voice. but then the stem can only be disabled completely.

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  • to "fix" that i have to add a third voice in order to get the stem only visible for the upper note.
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Playback is still a bit problematic with that approach.

Is there an easier way to do something like that? Any suggestions?

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Use an invisible whole note C, turn off play on the dotted quarter note? Might not sound precisely the same but at normal playback speed I can't hear a huge difference.

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  • Add an arpeggio to just the top voice (the C in the first bar, for example)
  • Select the bottom handle of the arpeggio and press Shift + down arrow

(You can do it the other way round - add it to the E then press Shift + up; Shift + up/down basically moves whichever end of the arpeggio you have selected to the next voice above or below). See the handbook.


This solves the engraving problem, but I don't believe proper playback is implemented yet.

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