Help with chord trills???

• Feb 10, 2017 - 19:37

This is extremely important to the piece I'm writing-- a chord needs to be played in the right hand, but ONLY THE TOP NOTE should be trilled. Whenever I try to place the trill, no matter what I do (make it green instead of blue, stem it differently, etc) fixes this. Anyone know how to do this? And how it should be notated? TIA


Probably the playback of trills should be tweaked to do this automatically, though - trilling an entire chord isn't really a thing. Not for piano, anyhow. Maybe some other instrument has this concept? Technically I guess you could do it with the wrist on a guitar. What do others think?

In reply to by Marc Sabatella

I know this is an old thread, but I just wanted to point out that in addition to double trills being common in the violin repertoire, they do also occur in the piano repertoire, e.g. Chopin's Barcarolle ( and this passage from the second movement of Beethoven's 32nd piano sonata: (Chopin's op. 25 no. 6 Etude is an exercise in double trills, but he wrote them out as semiquavers). So we do need ways to notate both double trills within a single voice and chords with a single trilled note (the former needs one trill symbol for each note of the chord).

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