Inputting guitar bends with the panel

You can input guitar bends between existing notes, including between grace notes and normal notes, using the Ornaments panel. You can input guitar bends between both adjacent and non-adjacent notes.

  • These steps describe inputting with the default mouse input preference Create item at selection.

    If your preference is set to Load pointer with item, you can only input guitar bends between the note you click on and the note immediately following it.

  • You cannot input guitar bends during note input or on the last note on a staff.


You have input at least two notes that you want to join with a guitar bend.


  1. In Write mode, select the two notes you want to join with a guitar bend.

    For example, select a grace note and a normal note or two notes in different voices.

  2. In the Notations toolbox, click Ornaments to show the Ornaments panel.
  3. In the Guitar section, click Guitar Bend .


The guitar bend is input between the selected notes.

Guitar bends automatically appear as guitar bends or returns on tablature according to the pitch direction of the notes they join.

  • If you select a single note and input a guitar bend, the guitar bend starts from the selected note and ends at the next note in the same voice on the staff, even if this crosses rests.

  • You can assign a key command for inputting guitar bends. The command is called Create Guitar Bend and is in the Note Input category on the Key Commands page in Preferences.