How best to use grace notes?

• Oct 16, 2023 - 19:24

Forgive me if this was once asked. I searched but could not find it.

I thought I knew how to add grace notes to a score, but recently, things are going wrong.

I thought that if I added a 1/16th grace note to any other main note, the grace note would sound as a 1/16th note in front of the other note, and that would be that. However, I have discovered that not to be the case. Instead, the grace note in front of a whole note, half note or quarter note does not sound directly, but simply forces the main note to change its timing. Check it out. Here is an example:

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In the first measure, the 1/16th grace note rings fine as a 1/16th, in front of a 1/8th note.
In the 2nd measure, however, the 1/16th grace note forces the half note to delay and not ring until almost beat 3. To hear the effect, here is the actual Musescore file:
Grace note test.mscz

Help! If this is correct, has it changed from a year or two ago? How do I add a grace note to a longer note and get it to ring immediately?


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