Arpeggios and glissandi
Arpeggios, glissandi (slides) and strum arrows can be applied from the Arpeggios & Glissandi palette:
Many have an adjustable playback effect (see below).
Adding an arpeggio/strum to your score
To add an arpeggio/strum to a score:
- Click on any note in a chord (multiple selection is possible)';
- Click on an arpeggio/strum symbol in the palette.
Alternatively you can drag an arpeggio/strum symbol from a palette onto a notehead.
Adjusting the height of an arpeggio/strum
Click on an arpeggio and two adjustment handles will appear at the top and bottom of the symbol. You can move either up or down by dragging, or by selecting a handle and using the up/down keyboard arrows.
Creating multi-voice or cross-staff arpeggios
By default arpeggio symbols only span notes of the same voice. If you have a chord consisting of more than one voice, just extend the arpeggio as shown above.
To create an arpeggio that crosses two staves:
- First add an arpeggio to the chord component in the top staff;
- Click on the bottom edit handle of the arpeggio and press Shift+↓.
The arpeggio should now extend to cover the chord in both staves. For it to stay that way, disable autoplace in its properties.
Changing playback of arpeggios
To change the speed of a selected arpeggio, press Playback in the Properties panel, and adjust "Spread delay".
If you want to turn off playback altogether, untick the "Play" box in the General section of the Properties panel.
Default properties for all arpeggios in the score can be adjusted from the style menu at Format→Style→Arpeggios:
Note: Guitar slides are covered in Guitar techniques.
Adding a glissando to your score
- Select one or more start notes;
- Click on the desired glissando icon in the palette. A glissando is created extending to the next note in the same voice:
Alternatively you can drag a glissando symbol from the palette onto a notehead.
Glissandi can cross staves if needs be:
Editing range of a glissando
If required, you can change the start or end position of a glissando as follows:
- Select the edit handle whose position you want to change;
- Press Shift+↑/↓/←/→, to move the handle in the specified direction, one note at a time.
This method can also be used to move the edit handle between voices and across staves.
Changing appearance of glissandi
The line type of a selected glissando—whether straight or wavy—and any text associated with it, can be changed in the Glissando section of the Properties panel. You can also turn off text by unchecking the "Show text" box.
Changing playback of glissandi
To change the playback effect, click on Playback and select an option from the dropdown list: chromatic, white keys, black keys, diatonic, portamento.
You can also choose to turn off the playback effect by unchecking "Play" in the General section of the Properties panel.
The following properties are available in the Glissando section of the Properties panel.
Glissando line: Choose from "Straight" or "wavy".
Show text: Uncheck/Check this box to turn off/on the display of the glissando text.
Text: Specify any text to appear with the glissando.
The default style of all glissando text is determined by the settings of "Glissando" in Format→Style→Text styles.
Note: For guitar bends, see Guitar techniques.
The Arpeggios & glissandi palette also contains bend symbols for brass instruments such as the trumpet:
These have a playback effect on the score.
Types of bends
if you are not sure what's what, mousing over the palette icon will display the name of the symbol in a tooltip.
Adding a bend to your score
- Select a notehead;
- Click on the desired bend symbol in the palette.
Alternatively, drag a bend symbol onto a notehead in the score;
Changing appearance of bends
To change the shape of the bend, click on it and four adjustment handles become visible. Drag the handles, or click on them and press the keyboard arrows, until you get the shape you want.