Changing ornament intervals

You can change the intervals of ornaments, both above and below the notated pitch, to indicate which pitches are played in the ornament. The intervals of ornaments are indicated by accidentals.

For some ornaments, you can only change the interval in one direction. For example, you can only change the interval above short trills and below mordents.


These steps do not apply to trills.


  • The lower zone is shown.

  • Properties is selected in the lower zone toolbar.

  • If you are in Engrave mode, Graphic Editing Graphic Editing button is selected in the Engrave toolbox.


  1. Select the ornaments whose interval you want to change. You can do this in Write mode and Engrave mode.
  2. In the Properties panel, activate the following properties, individually or together, in the Ornaments group, as appropriate for the selected ornaments:
    • Interval above

    • Interval below

  3. Change the values in the value fields to the intervals you want.
    • 0 or 4 and above shows no accidental.

    • 1 shows a flat.

    • 2 shows a natural.

    • 3 shows a sharp.


The intervals of the selected ornaments are changed.

  • Some ornaments do not show accidentals either above or below, depending on their type.

  • You can change the position of ornament accidentals relative to all trills project-wide on the Ornaments page in Engraving Options.


Figure 1. No accidentals
Figure 2. Flats above and below
Figure 3. Naturals above and below
Figure 4. Sharps above and below