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 staff text line, like staff text, is affixed to one staff in a system, and is indicative only for that staff. It appears only in the part featuring that staff.
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 Properties panel allows you to view and edit General, Appearance, and Playback settings.
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: