How to add cue notes

After a prolonged rest in a score, a short passage of small-sized cue notes is used to signal to the musician that s/he is shortly to resume playing. To add cue notes:

To instrument parts only

  1. From the menu, select StyleGeneral...Score, and untick "Create multimeasure rest;"
  2. Create the parts;
  3. Copy and paste the cue notes to the desired location in the part;
  4. Select the pasted cue notes and tick "Small" in the Inspector to reduce the size;
  5. Also, for the same cue-notes, untick "Play" in Inspector to mute the notes;
  6. Add staff text to the first cue note, with the name of the instrument providing the cue. Style/format the text as required;
  7. On the first actually-played note after the cue, add appropriate staff text.

To main score and instrument parts

  1. From the menu, select StyleGeneral...Score, and untick "Create multimeasure rest;"
  2. In the main score, copy and paste the cue notes to the desired location;
  3. Select the pasted cue notes and tick "Small" in the Inspector to reduce the size;
  4. Also, for the same cue-notes, untick "Play" in Inspector to mute the notes;
  5. Add staff text to the first cue note, with the name of the instrument providing the cue. Style/format the text as required;
  6. On the first actually-played note after the cue, add appropriate staff text;
  7. Create the parts.

See also

  • Tom Gerou, Linda Lusk. Essential Dictionary of Music Notation (Alfred Pub. Co., 1996), pp. 10-11, 54-55.
  • Elaine Gould. Behind Bars: The Definitive Guide to Music Notation (Faber Music, 2011), p. 566 ff.

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