Ornaments and Accidentals - Musescore 4

• Mar 20, 2023 - 16:49

I can't seem to figure out how to add an accidental to an ornament. For example, if I insert a trill and want the note above the written note to be flattened, usually I would write a flat above the "tr" symbol. How do I go about this in Musescore 4? I took a gander in forums and the handbook to no avail.


For some reason it's not in the handbook, but I found you can add accidentals above the trills with the lines, tr~~~. It doesn't work with the ones without the squiggly line (sorry don't know the technical term). Also, it only seems to work with the accidentals from the palette, not the toolbar. Finally, doesn't seem to work for the turns either (sideways "S").

So, a workaround is you can use the tr~~~ and then use the control box on the element to make the line zero length.

Also, you can then move the accidental to below the trill if you want.

Unfortunately, these accidentals aren't used during playback.

Hopefully, support for accidentals (and playback) for ornaments could eventually be added to the feature backlog, this is a very common notation in classical music.

Attachment Size
trills with accidentals.jpg 32.04 KB

I just made a video covering the workaround for this issue. Musescore 3 and prior had similar playback restrictions. Personally, I frequently score without key signatures, so this causes regular problems for me.

You can try this:

Good luck!


In reply to by Marc Sabatella

Thank you Marc. Looking forward to the next release. I will give the nightly a try. I’m a little frustrated with some bugs (corruptions with measures, for example) and crashes, but the engraving is beautiful and the MuseSounds are amazing!!! I know eventually the bugs will be squashed.

Do you still have an unanswered question? Please log in first to post your question.