How does one enter repeated groups of quavers?

• Nov 3, 2017 - 12:52

I wish to copy some orchestral music to help with practising, but I don't know how to input the notes in the same way as the original music (see image). In words, I wish to enter, repeated groups of 4 quavers, G D G D, in music with a Time Signature of 3/2.
As is often the case, knowing the correct terminology would help in looking up the answer, but I don't, so I can't!
I hope somebody can explain how best to do this.
Thank you, Katherine

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In reply to by KMKelsey

It would be helpful if you could attache an image of the score with full measures resp. more details (not only a part of the measure) to give more precise advices.

Note: If the time signature is 3/2, and this is a full measure, then it's for me a tuplet with six minims connected with a tremolo.

More context would help indeed. That looks like an old-style notation for tremolo, MuseScore by default supports the modern style (via the Tremolo palette). Do a search of the forums for that term and you should be able to find previous discussions of how to reproduce the historic style if that is your goal. But if the goal is to create music to be read by modern musicians, consider just switching to the modern notation.

In reply to by Marc Sabatella

Thank you. I do know how to use tremolo, but it doesn't really show the alternation between G D G D that is obvious with the linked minim type notation. Nor do tremolos, in playback, seem to match the intention, either. Not to worry - I've created something that works, albeit using more ink! I just thought there might be a better way.
Kind regards to all for your suggestions. MuseScore is a fantastic program, which enhances my practice greatly.

In reply to by KMKelsey

You might be using the wrong type of tremolo. You want the one that appears between notes. This is the standard that publishers have been using the past century or so, so it should be perfectly clear to most musicians. It is true older editions often used the style you show, but this is not used so much now, so actually most current musicians will find it less clear .than the standard method The modern way of engraving your example would be this, and MuseScore does play it back correctly:


See the Handbook for more information on tremolo.

In reply to by Marc Sabatella

YES! And thank you. The music is Bruch's Scottish Fantasy, so originates from 1880, which fits with your explanation of timescale and annotation standards. It's very helpful to know where these differences come from. As an amateur musician, I just try to emulate the music as supplied for our concerts as closely as possible. It's useful to be brought up-to-date with standards! The challenge, now, is to remember!
Kind regards,

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