Inputting guitar bends with the popover

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


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. Press Shift-O to open the ornaments popover.
  3. Enter bend into the popover.
  4. Press Return to close the popover.


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.