Harp glissando across the staves

• May 24, 2019 - 23:40

I plan to have the harp do a glissando towards the end of my piece. I'm almost there(just 18 more bars left) Glissando is one thing where I have seen cross staff notation commonly. Another is arpeggios. I found the cross staff arpeggios to be easy to work around. But I have heard about this issue with cross staff glissandos and that it isn't fixed yet. Is it going to be fixed in Musescore 3.1? And in the meantime, how can I get it to play a cross staff glissando? In other words, something like this:

Harp Glissando across staff.png

And I intend for it to be a diatonic glissando but that's besides the point. It is notated correctly. But unless I'm not used to harp glissandos, it doesn't sound right. Here is the ending that I intend for the harp:

Harp ending.mscz

Is there an issue with the glissando itself in playback or is it just that I am not used to hearing a harp glissando? And why is it that all the notes of the glissando happen during the first 2 beats, there is a rest and then the high note is played for 1 beat? That seems odd to me. Usually when I hear a glissando that takes up a whole bar, each note takes up an equal part of the bar.


In reply to by Jm6stringer

That sounds much better. Much more like the glissando I usually hear. So, all I had to do was adjust it so that the bottom note is a dotted half note. Why didn't I think of that? Well, at least I know how to get a glissando to sound across an entire bar now. There is always more to learn in as sophisticated of a notation software as Musescore is(I mean it is practically equivalent to Sibelius and with every version it gets closer to the sophistication of Sibelius while staying free).

In reply to by Jm6stringer

How did you do this? If I delete the glissando you put in and just replace it with the glissando from the toolbar (which looks exactly the same) it sounds bad again - is there some sort of configuration you need to do to the glissando?

Top one is the glissando from the toolbar, bottom one is yours

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