Inputting playing techniques with the panel

You can input playing techniques using the Playing Techniques panel, both during note input and by adding them to existing music.

  • You cannot input playing techniques with duration in sequence, which automatically groups them, when using the panel. If you want to input playing techniques with duration in sequence, you can use the popover.

  • If you want to input playing techniques in the middle of tie chains, start note input, then move the caret to the required rhythmic position.

  • These steps describe inputting with the default mouse input preference Create item at selection. If you want to input the same playing technique in multiple places, change your mouse input preference to Load pointer with item so that you do not have to reselect the playing technique for each note.


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

    • Select an item on the staff and at the rhythmic position where you want to input a playing technique. If you want to input playing techniques with duration, select items on the staff that span that duration.

  2. In the Notations toolbox, click Panels Panels button, then Playing Techniques Playing Techniques button to show the Playing Techniques panel.
  3. In the Playing Techniques panel, click the playing technique you want.


The specified playing technique is input. It is considered voice-specific by default, meaning it only applies to the voice indicated by the caret indicator during step input or the selected voice when adding playing techniques to existing notes. It is automatically placed above the staff for up-stem voices and below the staff for down-stem voices.

During note input, playing techniques are input at the caret position, even if your preference is set to Load pointer with item.

When adding playing techniques to a single selected item, they are input at that rhythmic position only and have no duration. When adding playing techniques to a range of selected items, they are input at the rhythmic position of the earliest select item and have duration, which applies until the end of the selection. For playing techniques whose continuation type is set to show lines, the appropriate continuation line is shown.

After Completing This Task

  • If you want to show transition lines between playing techniques, you can group them together.

  • You can enable independent voice playback for individual instruments to hear different playing techniques in different voices simultaneously.