Slash Notation Playback

• Nov 2, 2019 - 18:06

Current playback of slash notation sounds like it might be from the soundtrack of "Children of the Corn" just a constant single note played over and over and over.

Better behavior would be to playback chords as spelled in corresponding chord symbols (piano and guitar), root note of symbol for bass and simple hit on ride cymbal for drums played back in rhythm of the slashed notation.

Attached is rhythm section example.

Also, for reference:

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In reply to by Jojo-Schmitz

Ah thx, you were right, its definitely an alternate way (besides creating a new staff; mentioned below). But it doesn't really suit my needs as it is.
My Guitar Sound changes a lot, and I would have to create a chord symbol over every single note. I noticed that using "Toggle rhythmic slash notation" just changes the note head, mutes the notes and fixes the to a line. What works best for me, is selecting the notes and unmute them.

In reply to by Rincewind324

We did design a bit of flexibility into this. First, you can add the chord symbol to every note, then make them invisible - which is also easier with .35, just click one, Shift+click another to select all intervening, then press "V". Second, you'll see "chord duration" as one of your choices in the Inspector so you can control the duration better. Third, we also created the Tools / Realize Chord Symbols command that will actually put the notes for the chord onto the staff for you. You can then use "R" to repeat that to create a simple strum pattern, and you can use that in conjunction with standard note input mode to create as complex a rhythm as you want, all repeating that same voicing. Eg, after using realize chord symbols to get one chord voicing, go into note input mode and type 5 R 4 R 4 $ to get that same voicing repeated as quarter and two eighths. Then toggle rhythmic slash notation.

To be clear: if you use the actual slash notation feature, it is silent. The attached file and user in the referenced thread didn't use slash notation, those are just normal notes but set to have slash heads, so no surprise they play normally. Using the real slash notation makes it silent as it should be but also makes it not transpose, not display accidentals, and other things specific to slash notation.

In reply to by Nicholas Scott1

Rhythmic slash notation is already silent by default, assuming you added it correctly (using Tools / Toggle Rhythmic Slash Notation). The "Play" property in the Inspector allows you to unsilence it. Sounds like maybe you aren't using the built in but are trying to fake it somehow? The built in facility works great, definitely use that instead - far less work and it does the right thing right out of the box,

My habit when it comes to rhythmic/slash notation is to actually voice the parts - ie. write them out to indicate chord voicing, position, etc., then convert the bulk of the part to slash notation. I know it's time-consuming, but it's part of my composition/orchestration process. In the printed parts, the guitarist or pianist would see a measure or two of each section written out as complete voicing, and the rest would be converted to slash notation.

For playback, I do the following: (also time-consuming)
1. Duplicate the staves that need conversion to slash notation
2. Convert the sections that require slash notation
3. Mute the staves with slash notation
4. Make the un-converted staves invisible.

In this way, the full parts are played on the hidden staves, while the visible staves are muted. As I said, it's time consuming, but it's the best compromise to date to achieve slash notation and accurate playback at the same time. It would be really nice if MuseScore could recognize when slash notation represents an actual part that has been converted and play back the parts which are hidden. That would save a lot of time and energy.

That being said, it is my choice to put the extra time and energy into creating a part which is satisfactory in both sight and sound. The sound playback is for my own benefit - in 90% of cases where I write a score, the musicians do not hear the playback I have created... they create their own in the theatre.

[EDIT] If it may have seemed like there was no question there, this is it:
Is it possible to have rhythmic/slash notation and proper playback of parts without having to go through a time-consuming work-around?

In reply to by toffle

It's now 2022 and I have the same or similar question. In Finale, I can lay out the drum part exactly as I'd like to hear it and then select the slash style for the measures where I want slashes. So all you see is slashes, but you hear the specified drum part, all without having to create and hide additional staves. Does musescore have this capability?

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