Drum Set Notation

• Jan 23, 2023 - 18:55

Hello all!

Currently notating exercises for drum set students in MuseScore 4. However, I am unable to stack notes on a single beat via mouse click. Playing multiple drums (or cymbals) on one beat seems to be restricted to the key combination [shift] + [hotkey assigned to desired drum]. It would be incredibly helpful to be able to utilize keyboard and mouse simultaneously for this.


My personal opinion ( and no one else seems to agree ) would be to do away with the drum palette method of note input all together. I come from software in which drum set input was just like any other instrument. So you could easily have kick, snare, and two tom notes on a beat before you had to change voices to enter cymbal notes. Like chords. You can edit the palette to simplify it, but not enough. I hardly write drum set parts any more because of it.

In reply to by bobjp

I'm of the same opinion. Coming from Sibelius, it's easier for me to enter the notes like a regular score rather than having to learn other shortcuts to learn how to write drum parts.

Another possible solution would be to conform to the General MIDI (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/General_MIDI#/media/File:GM_Standard_Drum…) and enter the symbols corresponding to the notes of the Drum Map.

I seem to have seen (maybe on GitHub) that the battery rating is going to be completely redone but I don't know what it is about.

Tantacrul said in the Scoring Notes podcast that they're working towards a full revamp of the percussion notation system. No timeline, of course, but I'd say keep you're eyes open, and join the conversations when it pops up. I know I will. :-)

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