Arpeggios and glissandi

Arpeggio and Glissando symbols can be found in the "Arpeggios & Glissandi" palette in the advanced workspace. The default symbols also include strum arrows, and slides for string instruments and brass etc.

Arpeggios + Glissandi Palette

You can customise the existing symbols on the score page and save them to a palette in a custom workspace if required.

To add a symbol to the score, use one of the following methods:

  • Select one or more notes, then double-click a symbol in the "Arpeggios & Glissandi" palette.
  • Drag a symbol from the "Arpeggios & Glissandi" palette onto a note.

The Inspector allows you to make various adjustments to the appearance and playback properties of the symbol.


When an arpeggio or strum arrow is added to the score, it initially spans only one voice. However, you can easily adjust its height by double-clicking the symbol and dragging the handles up or down (for finer adjustment use the keyboard arrows). Playback can be turned on or off in the Inspector.

Arpeggio spanning two staves

Glissandi (slides)

A Glissando or, more informally, a slide, spans two consecutive notes, normally in the same voice.

glissandos with straight or wiggly lines

You can edit, or delete the text of a glissando by clicking on it and making changes in the Inspector. If there isn't enough room between two notes, the text is not displayed. The Inspector also allows you to choose between a straight or wavy line, and to adjust the playback property of the symbol or turn it off altogether.

To adjust the start and end points of a glissando:

  1. Double-click the symbol to enter edit mode.
  2. Click on the start or end handle and use Shift + ↑ ↓ to move the handle up or down, from note to note. Shift + ← → moves the handle horizontally, note-by-note.

This method also allows you to move end handles between notes in different voices or even from one staff to another—for cross-staff glissandi, for example. You can also use the keyboard arrow buttons or Ctrl + arrow to make final adjustments to the positions of the handles.

Slides for stringed instruments, such as the guitar, can be created by editing the default glissando line. You can create slides between single notes or chords: the placement of the slide ends can easily be corrected using the method described above.

Chord slide

Other slides

Short up/down slides can be created by editing the existing slide in / slide out lines. These have handles which allow you to set the length and angle of the slide.