Positions of playing techniques

Playing techniques, both as text and symbols, are placed above the staff. On vocal staves, they are placed above the staff and below dynamics. In multiple-voice contexts, playing techniques for the up-stem voices are placed above the staff and playing techniques for the down-stem voices are placed below the staff.

Figure: Placement of playing techniques with two voices on the same staff

Playing technique texts use a plain font, neither bold nor italic, so they are not confused with expressive text and dynamics.


This does not apply to pedal lines, as they use a separate font style to other playing techniques.

You can move playing techniques to different rhythmic positions in Write mode. They are positioned by default according to your settings in Engraving Options.

You can move playing techniques graphically in Engrave mode, but this does not change the rhythmic positions to which they are attached.

You can change the default positions of all playing techniques project-wide on the Playing Techniques page in Engrave > Engraving Options.