Standard Notation For Guitar String Bends

• Apr 17, 2015 - 16:42

Hi guys,

I just downloaded MuseScore 2.0 last night because I saw that it allowed you to write guitar string bends. Unfortunately, I happen to be the pianist in my band and I know very little about guitar tabulature. Consequently, I would love to be able to write string bends in regular notation.

I know how they should be indicated (Google helps), but I do not know how to get MuseScore to write them into standard notation. I was intrigued by the option in Master Palette that is a full bend. However, the software won't let me place it on standard music notation.

So, if anyone know how to create string bends in standard music notation using MuseScore 2.0, I would appreciate them sharing the knowledge. Thank you.



In reply to by Shoichi

Thanks for the reply, Shoichi, but that does not really help me. As I said, I am clueless when it comes to guitar tab. I would prefer to keep it in standard music notation. Most I can see right now is that I got a lot of copy and paste work to move back and forth between standard music notation and guitar tab.

In reply to by AtkinsonCameron

No need for copy & paste if you want a standard and tab staff - that's what linked staves are for. Everything you add in the standard staff automatically gets converted to tab and vice versa.

I don't think there is a way to get the tab bend symbols to appear in a standard staff. I was under the impression that symbols was only used in tab, though.

In reply to by AtkinsonCameron

That's what I thought. It is a belief, totally free, at least for certain styles of music. Pianists uses standard notation, and guitar players, under the fallacious pretext that they can not not read music, uses the Tab...
Beliefs and stereotypes die hard ... I leave you responsible for your comments.

In reply to by AtkinsonCameron

Actually, I - a pianist as well - have noticed and pointed this out before as well, and no guitar players stepped up to agree it was a problem. Which is what led me to the assumption that this particular symbol is not normally used in standard notation. I just figured that when using standard notation, maybe might prefer to use standard (not guitar-specific) bends symbols like the ones on the Arpeggios & Glissandi palette.

Meanwhile, as a workaround, you could create one on a tab staff then use Image Capture mode to make a high resolution screen shot of it, then paste it as a graphic. Or look to see if there are any useful sails in the Symbols palette ("Z").

In reply to by Marc Sabatella

How do i get the standard notation to look like the 2nd bar and not the first. (see attached image) the way i did it was with 2 lines. but it becomes a difficult and frustrating process for every bend.. I teach Guitar and i do not use Tab at all. i have not used it for 10 years now. so standard notation with bends looks better like this in my opinion.

is there an easier way to what i am doing??


In reply to by Bradley Mavin

As you see, it is now possible to apply bends on a standard staff.
What I see in the first measure of your attached file is not the academic or usual way to input these bends.
It's like entering two times the same thing by adding a full bend on the grace note.
A full bend corresponds to a tone. So if you notice a D, the fact of adding a full bend indicates the arrival note to the performer, ie the E (I probably learn nothing to you!) :)

I probably understand your approach, seeking a visual aspect as in the other attached document (with curved lines in the standard staff). In my thoughts, this way is not the most usual - it should be checked -, and would be somehow an editorial style of some publishing houses (Hal Leonard, Mel Bay, or other)? I regret having left all my electric guitar methods in my school music!

Anyway, we can approach this result (third, at the right on the attached file). I have not found a suitable symbol (only inverted) in special characters (F2), and it is quite time consuming if you do this systematically.

In reply to by jotape1960

They are not on Accidentals, they are on Articulations & Ornaments, is indeed what they are. They are neither arpeggios nor glissandi, although they can sound a little like glissandi in some situations I guess. They can be grey area between these palettes I guess, but I don't think it hekps to duplicate symbols - it just makes palettes bigger and harder to find things on.

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