Slash notation

Updated 1 year ago

    Filling a range with beat slashes

    To indicate that a range of measures is to be strummed—but without indicating the exact rhythm:

    1. Select the desired range of blank measures
    2. From the menu, select Tools→Fill with slashes
    3. Apply chord symbols in the usual way to the slashes.


    Using beat slashes is a quick and convenient way of indicating strumming. The exact rhythm is left to the player and only the chord symbols play back.

    To notate the chord slashes with the correct duration:

    1. Fill the applicable measures with beat slashes, as shown in steps 1 and 2 (above)
    2. Select the slashes and in the Properties panel, uncheck “Stemless” in the Note: Stem section.
    3. Change the duration of slashes, as required
    4. To change a rest to a slash, copy and paste a slash to it of the same duration
    5. To indicate a mute strum, select the slash and click the cross notehead in the Noteheads palette (or in the Note: Notehead section of the Properties panel).
    6. To ensure the correct note beaming pattern, select the range of measures and apply “Auto” from the Beam properties palette.
    7. Apply chord symbols in the usual way to the slashes.

    Creating rhythmic slash notation

    To notate the strum rhythm, with the option to include correct playback, you need to use rhythmic slash notation.

    Accompaniment rhythms on the staff

    1. Add the chords, in full, in standard notation on the staff
    2. Select the range of chords
    3. From the menu bar, select Tools→Toggle rhythmic slash notation
    4. To unmute the slash notation, select the applicable range of chords and check “Play” in the Properties: General panel.

    Accent rhythms above or below the staff