Note: The following page applies mostly to special-purpose lines such as guitar barre lines, fingering/string number lines, ornamentation lines, vibrato lines, palm mute lines etc.
Information on more general-purpose lines can be found at:
Lines often have text associated with them, and may feature a playback effect appropriate to the line type.
Adding a line to your score
Lines are applied to the score from a palette like any other element. By default, most can be found in the Lines palette; other specialist lines in the Guitar palette.
To apply a line to a selected range:
- Select a range of notes;
- Click on a line in a palette;
Alternatively you can drag a line from a palette to the start note, then use the end adjustment handle to extend it (see Changing range of a line).
To apply a line to a single note:
- Select a note and click on the desired palette line.
- Drag a palette line to the desired start note.
Adjusting a line
To adjust the range of a line, see Changing range of a line.
Types of lines
- Barre lines: Used to indicate fret positions. For further details, see Adding a barre line to your score.
- Fingering/String number: Apply the fingering first, then a plain line (LInes palette), and adjust the length as required.
- Vibrato : Apply from the Guitar palette. You can change the shape of the line in the Vibrato section of the Properties panel.
The following also have playback effects:
- Palm mute: Apply from the Guitar palette. This changes the sound to that of a clean muted electric guitar.
- Let ring: Apply from the Guitar palette. Acts like the sustain pedal on a keyboard.
See Tempo markings.
Staff and System Text lines
A system text line, like system text, is affixed to one staff but is indicative for all the staffs in the system. It appears in all instrument parts.
A variety of trill lines are available from the Lines palette.
Plain lines are applied from the Lines palette. They can be purposed to anything you like; their use in fingering/string number lines is discussed briefly above.
The name of the section below varies depending on the type of line. But it will have two tabs marked Style and Text:
Clicking on the Style tab allows you to set the properties of the line itself:
Line type: A choice of straight, hooked, angle-hooked, or double-hooked.
Thickness / Hook height:
Style: Choice of solid, dashed or dotted line.
Dash / Gap: Adjust the appearance if "Dashed" is selected.
Clicking on the Text tab allows you to apply and position any text associated with the line:
Beginning text: Enter the text, if any, to appear at the beginning of the line.
Vertical offset: Allows you to move the text vertically in relation to the line (in sp.).
Text when continuing to a new system: If the line spans a system, this is the text that will appear before the line in the next system.
Vertical offset: As above.
A few properties of all lines in the score can be set in Format→Style→Text Line; and in Format→Style→System Text Line: