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Tie and Beam notes simultaneously in MuseScore 3

I have beam and tie notes as: In my Score I got: In the nex: I got: Is it possible to fix the tie using beam simultaneously? How to do it in MuseScore 3?
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LilyPond - Put ALL noteheads to the left of stems, regardless of stem direction

I handwrote this score a while ago I'm trying to transcribe. You can see that all the noteheads are to the left of the stems, regardless of which way the stem is pointing. Lots of old handwritten ...
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Can Lilypond typeset French beaming?

Consider following example: { g'16 d'' e'' d'' } Is there a way to obtain the so-called French beaming? Here, vertical stems are not shown in between the beams (examples from here).
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Linking quaver and semiquaver beams over a rest with LilyPond

I am transcribing the Sentimental Tango for four hands by Vasha Azarashvili. And I'd like to obtain this: But my code (in Italian, but surely you get the point) \language "italiano" <...
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Second-to-last measure (m. 33) of Chopin Op 9 No 2

The second-to-last measure of Chopin's Op.9 No.2 has two voices(?). The very first double note (G-Eb2) on right hand, how do you tell which is that "other voice" and which one goes with the ...
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Chopin Op. 9 No. 2 Measure 24 beats

(1) In my Henle Verlag edition of Chopin's Nocturne Op. 9 No. 2, the third group of notes in Measure 24 has a single beam between the first 7 notes and the last 3 notes (see red arrow). Other editions ...
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Lilypond: How do I get horizontal beams for both stem-up and stem-down notes?

Looking at Force note beams to be horizontal, I see how I can force beams to be horizontal. The accepted answer works only for stem-up notes. If there are also stem-down notes, there's a mess. So I ...
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How to write cross staff beams in Noteflight?

In the middle section of Symphony No 5 by Beethoven, I see some cross staff beams (marked in red): Can you please tell me how to write them in Noteflight?
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Splitting the beat in two when beaming a fast phrase in a slow piece

I have a slowish piece for cello (with piano) that has sections of 6-tuplets and various other groups of very short notes where the phrasing implies a double-time feel, so it's much easier to count if ...
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What does a beam with no notes signify? (semiquaver beam in my case) [duplicate]

I have the below measure showing what appears a semiquaver beam for 1 beat without notes in the middle of the bar. What does this mean?
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Theoretically Correct vs Practical Notation

My music theory studies ended 20 years ago, but I am busy with some notation by combining piano accompaniment with vocals for solo piano, for personal use. So, in 4/4 time, music theory dictates that ...
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Finale writing problem, four cross-beamed eighths

How do I enter cross-beamed eighth notes in Finale?
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Finale v26 break top beam of a 16th note

I'm trying to create the above form of notation in finale. All I can muster is the below. Any insights?
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Can't understand 16th notes connected by beams [duplicate]

The following section (mm. 49–52) is from "Metamorphosis II" by Philip Glass with 4/4 signature. I don't understand how beats are adding up: There are 4x6 16th notes in each G clef measure, ...
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Instances of note beams across measures

How rare was it, in classical and romantic periods, for composers to notate eighth note and sixteenth note beams across measures? Are there examples from composers other than Schubert? In two of ...
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Can lilypond grace note beams be added to regular beams?

I'm engraving Bach Invention 4 (D Minor) BWV775 in Lilypond and the existing score has grace notes (measure 37) beamed from a regular note: My reading of https://lilypond.org/doc/v2.21/Documentation/...
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Grouping and Beaming rules for specific time signatures

The question asks to rewrite the notes according to the grouping and beaming rules of the given time signature. The first picture is the question and the second picture is my answer to it. Am I ...
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Grouping and beaming 6/4 time signature

I am confused about how to group the 1st bar, I think the half note will remain untouched, the two eighth notes will be joined. The quarter note will also stay as it is and then all the remaining ...
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Have I correctly understood which hand plays which notes in cross-staff beaming?

I am a piano beginner and am learning by myself. I'm very confused about the upper notes (original sheet), and I rewrite them to become the lower notes (rewrite sheet). My question is that are they ...
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Beams broken/unbroken with rests - meaning and usage

Shown in the circled parts of the image, are two different ways of representing a beam that spans a sixteenth note - a sixteenth rest - a sixteenth note: In one of them, the beam is broken at the ...
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How to represent beams broken with rests in LilyPond

I'm trying to write the following in LilyPond notation: As shown in the circled parts of the image, there are two different ways of representing a beam that spans a sixteenth note – a sixteenth rest –...
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How do you "think of" notes in groups which consist of a sequence of repeating notes which are in separate beams?

The title sounds awkward (please feel free to modify it); what I mean is: When you see the bars such as Bar 40 below (similarly Bar 37), do you think of it as DDD AAA FFF DDD (orange marking, grouped ...
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Can I align the stem-beams in MuseScore?

I am writing drums exercises and I want to get a clear visual helping to read the timing. Is it possible to align vertically all the beams? By default it depends on the note-pitch so it may vary. I ...
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how to force lyrics under manually beamed notes

If I do not specify any manual beams and let the algorithm do it, lyrics are put at each note: \relative { g'4 e8 g8 g4 e8 g } \addlyrics { a b c d e f } But if I do it manually and forbid the ...
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How to calculate notes beats and properly draw notes beams?

I am fairly new to music theory and i find these 2 topics related but not explained in depth in...pretty much every resource i have found. How are beats normally calculated? I went through the ...
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Beam on top and beam at the bottom on a music sheet

I am new to sheet music. I am trying to recreate in Guitar Pro, corresponding to guitar strumming, the music sheet notation of the picture below. The timing is 4/4 and tempo is 120. I am unable to ...
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Grouping three quarter notes in 6/8 time signature

I'm writing a piece of music in 6/8 time signature. Is it correct to have a bar with 3 quarter notes in this time signature?
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Can you put one demisemiquaver rest inside a group of 4 demisemiquavers?

I did a picture with 2 examples so you guys can see what I mean. Please can you tell me if blue or red is better?
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What are the benefits of using no beams in simple vocal melody? [duplicate]

I've noticed some of my favorite musicians went out of their way to use no beams while writing vocal melodies. Why would they choose to exclude beams? There are beams in the music but not the vocal ...
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If the first D note (in the 1st beam) is flat, does that mean the next D note (in the 2nd beam) is also flat? (see photo) [duplicate]

If the first D note (in the 1st beam) is flat, does that mean the next D note (in the 2nd beam) is also flat? (see photo)
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Manual beam with chord and single note in lilypond

I want to make a manual beam - on left side its a chord and to the right a single note. What I tried was <f''8 a''8> [c'8] which gives : 'error: syntax error, unexpected UNSIGNED' How to ...
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MuseScore 3 Prevent Grouping (Beaming) Notes

I'm trying to write a Sheet on MuseScore 3. The Question is: As you can see in the original Sheet the notes aren't grouped... How can I prevent automatic grouping of the notes?
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What is the standard for notating wide arpeggios on piano?

I think I'll go crazy if I think about every possible way. Which example best adheres to standard notation practice?
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How to beam multiple voices correctly

I don't want to change the clef at the top, so I wrote the first group of notes in the bottom, but I also want the first notes (chord) of the bar to be in the second voice. But in this case, it ...
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Highly irregular beaming in this Liszt piece - is phrasal beaming a no-no or not?

The piece is Liszt's Heroischer Marsch im Ungarischem Stil, S.231, and the passage is this (measures 57-64). Notice how irregular the beaming is in the right hand, going across barlines and grouping ...
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Questions on note grouping and beaming for 3+3+2 rhythm

EDIT: The questions below still apply, but here is an updated edit that I think looks a lot cleaner. Any thoughts? Regarding this piece with a 3+3+2 rhythm, I have a few more questions regarding ...
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Beaming notes which have a rest between them [duplicate]

Is it correct to beam two notes with a rest between them? For instance, if you have a quaver followed by a quaver rest, then quaver, will it be correct to beam the two quavers? Thank you.
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What does it mean when notes are beamed across both piano staves?

I have only six months in playing piano. I want to learn a new sheet, but I don”t understand this notation that merges the two staffs. Can you explain to me please?
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Question about beaming in 6/4 and irregular beaming

In 6/4 can I beam by 2/4 + 2/4 + 2/4 or is it strictly 3/4 + 3/4? And also I didn't find a good explanation of irregular beaming in cases where time signature constantly changing from bar to bar (not ...
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Question about cross-staff beaming, unnecessary rests, Debussy

Two questions: Why in Debussy's Arabesque No. 1, are the first two measures written without the rests? What's the rule? If I write notes in different clefs and beam them together, what clef will ...
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Theory- grouping notes

In a 4/4 time signature, can I write a half note on the 2nd and 3rd beat Or should I split the half note into quarter notes with a tie to show the middle of the bar? Also, in 7/8 with (4,3)as main ...
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First note of a beamed group must never fall on an off beat, unless it is preceded by a rest of a dotted note

Here's an image related to my question: https://i.sstatic.net/zU0ZO.png Below this image it says: Bar 3 is incorrect, because the 3rd quaver in the group should have a stronger accent than the ...
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Grouping and beaming 6/8 time signature

I am trying to get this right but don't get the second part where there is a eighth note and followed by 2 sixteenth note
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Beam slope indicating accelerando or rallentando

Has anybody ever heard of a modern composition notation convention where sloping beams indicate acc. and rall.? A composer colleague of mine who always uses flat horizontal beams claims this (without ...
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Placing beam between staves with autochanging voice in LilyPond

I have a PianoStaff with two voices on the right hand. The lower voice with eighths is spread across the staves with \autochange and the additional pitch parameter nicely controls the turning point. ...
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When to use note beaming over/under rests?

I’ve seen plenty of questions here asking how to create beams over/under rests (generic example pictured below), but I don’t see any addressing my much more basic question: Is there any general rule ...
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Extra tremolo beams in timpani part

I’m transposing some music (Gusty Garden Galaxy from Super Mario Galaxy) in Medly. Looking at the sheet music I came across this in the timpani part: Does anyone know what this means? because I have ...
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Stop Lilypond from placing beam around second voice

I have two voices in the right-hand staff. I'm not sure why Lilypond is doing what it is (see freehand circle) but I would like it to stop. The beam should ideally be somewhere near the red line, with ...
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Why are these quavers beamed this way?

I don't know why the quavers in the bass are beamed across barlines the way they are. Does it signify phrasing or is there another reason for it?
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Unknown Musical Symbol: Straight Dotted Line Between Eighth Note Stems

What does the dotted line mean between the eighth note stems in the LH part? This appears in the Dover edition of Haydn's Piano Sonata No. 1 in C Major. It is present in both movements one and two. ...
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