Stemlets are short stems that extend from beams to rests within beam groups. They can help make music easier to read, as they help to maintain a regular pattern of stems within beams.

In the examples, beaming all notes and rests together to show the boundaries of quarter note (crotchet) beats makes the syncopation of the notes easier to read. The stemlets on the rests help make clear where within the quarter note beats each note occurs.

Figure: A syncopated phrase without stemlets

Figure: The same phrase with stemlets

You can change the default appearance of stemlets in each flow, and you can show stemlets in individual beams.