Inputting articulations

You can input notes with articulations during note input, and you can add articulations to notes after they have been input.


These steps describe selecting articulations before inputting notes. However, you can change this setting if you prefer to specify articulations after inputting notes.


  1. In Write mode, do one of the following:
    • Start note input.

    • Select the existing notes to which you want to add articulations.

  2. Optional: If you want to input notes with articulations onto multiple staves at once, extend the caret to those staves.
  3. Select the articulations you want to input in any of the following ways:
    • Press the key commands for the articulations you want.

    • In the Notes panel, click the articulations you want.

    • In the Keyboard panel toolbar, click the articulations you want.

  4. Optional: During note input, input the notes or chords you want with your selected articulations.


The selected articulations are added to the selected notes. They are positioned between noteheads or stems and tuplet brackets, so they are closer to the notes than tuplet brackets or tuplet numbers/ratios.

During note input, the selected articulations are added to all notes that are input until the articulations are deactivated.


Some combinations of articulations on the same notes are not possible. For example, you cannot have both staccato and staccatissimo marks on the same notes, as both articulations indicate that notes are played shorter.

After Completing This Task

You can enable independent voice playback for individual instruments to hear different sounds in different voices simultaneously; for example, if you have slurs in one voice and staccatos in another voice.