Positions of pedal lines

The default placement of pedal lines is below the bottom staff, even if there are only notes in the upper staff for the right hand. They are placed outside all other notations, including octave lines, slurs, and articulations.

If one pedal is used, it is placed as close to the bottom of the staff as possible, while remaining outside of all other notations.

If multiple pedals are used simultaneously, they are organized below the bottom of the staff as follows:

  1. Sustain pedal: closest to the staff

  2. Sostenuto pedal: below the sustain pedal line

  3. Una corda pedal: furthest from the staff

The beginning of the glyph/text that indicates the start position of pedal lines aligns with the note to which it applies. If you are using a line end hook to indicate the end of pedal lines, the hook aligns with the note or rhythmic position to which it applies.

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


You cannot move retakes or pedal level changes rhythmically. You must remove them and input a new retake or pedal level change at the position you want.

You can move pedal lines graphically in Engrave mode. However, this does not change the rhythmic positions to which they are attached. You can move multiple pedal lines together, but only upwards/downwards. Similarly, you can move handles on multiple pedal lines together, but only to the right/left.

You can change the default positions of all pedal lines project-wide on the Pedal Lines page in Engraving Options. For example, you can change values for the minimum distances between pedal lines and staves, pedal lines and other pedal lines, and the position of pedal lines relative to noteheads and grace notes.