control angle of sloping beams

• Sep 10, 2015 - 17:28

There are different opinions of how to handle this. I cannot find an option for the style in the style>general to choose the slope. Of course one could change every individual beam but better would be a possibility to change it overall.
In the examples: how Musescore handles this and what Werner Icking wrote about it. Personally I don't like the lines showing through...
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Is there a possibility to do this, for me quite mysterious is the 'shorten stems' option under notes, I don't see any difference.


If you mean, is there an option set to change the default use the first rather than the second method described in that book, no. There are many different sources of information about beams and other engraving details, most yielding conflciting information. We tend to default to trying to adhere to Elaine Gould's "Behind Bars" as the current definitive work, and she based much of what she writes on this subject Ted Ross' "The Art of Music Engraving", which is absolutely the msot authoritative work ever on this particular subject. And while Gould mentions that some editor go out of their way to avoid the staff lines, she does not recommend this practice. I check actual published literature, I don't really see many editors going out of their way to do that, either.

Anyhow, the beaming code is incredibly complex right now - probably the most convoluted part of the entire program. So I would say adding further options to control this is possibly, but very likely none will have the stomach for it, as it is involves messing with very delicate code, and it seems to me this particular preference is non-standard. So most likely, you will continue to need to do these adjustments manually if you really prefer it, at least for the foreseeable future, unless someone steps it to volunteer to try to implement an option.

The "Shorten stems" options, BTW, have to do with notes utside the staff but with stems pointing away from the staff and the degree to which they are shortened from the default 3.5sp.

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