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I am rewriting this for two violins but am having a little trouble with the very first measure. They look like some weird sort of triplet. How do I enter the notes into a music editor? I've never seen that kind of syntax!

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    They are triplets, it's just the triplet marks are left out. It's not too uncommon as seen here. Just mark them as triplets in musescore. – Dom Oct 24 '16 at 18:16
  • What is your musical background/training? – Carl Witthoft Oct 25 '16 at 11:38
  • violin lessons. – dalearn Oct 25 '16 at 12:44
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Dom has it right. They'd just be written as triplets with only the top or bottom notes present. You could enter them into the music editor the way you'd do any other triplet, with or without the triplet mark.


So, as far as stuff like left hand pizz, (which my computer keeps trying to say is "left hand pizza") it is currently not a possibility in Musescore to specify left hand pizzicato, but you can certainly tell it to perform pizzicato and write left hand in in the notes. (See: https://musescore.org/en/node/12183)

Triplets can be input with the information present here: https://musescore.org/en/node/11186

Which looks like this:

Triplets! More Triplets!

Although, as Tim said, it's possible that you'd want to use 12/8 instead of this method.

  • and i would enter them as eighth notes? – dalearn Oct 24 '16 at 18:20
  • ok, entered! now I have the new image in the question. how do I make this look like the original? – dalearn Oct 24 '16 at 18:25
  • @dalearn Not quite... Let me see here... Just a moment, I'll do it myself in Muscore and show you so you can see what I mean. – General Nuisance Oct 24 '16 at 18:28
  • I'd swap them over, so the top line consists of the top notes. It could be written in 12/8, or 4/4 with a comment at the top stating a crotchet = 3 quaver triplets. – Tim Oct 24 '16 at 18:30
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    @CarlWitthoft Fair point, I've seen places, particularly in modern music, where left hand pizz is not specified, but I've also seen places where it is, especially when it's because you're alternating between pizz and arco without much of a break, but some naive musician may attempt to do a traditional pizz anyway. Think Fantasia from Boy Paganini, where in most copies, "left hand pizza" is notated by a little cross over the notes. – General Nuisance Oct 25 '16 at 13:23
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Thanks to GeneralNuisance for jogging my memory. The Dolmetsch chart lists a "+" sign over the note as indicating Left-hand Pizz. So two suggestions: 1) place a text "+" where you want it in Musescore, 2) switch to Lilypond :-)

ETA for non-google people: lilypond

  • what is lillypond? – dalearn Oct 25 '16 at 19:31
  • @dalearn see edit – Carl Witthoft Oct 26 '16 at 12:22

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