Stemlets are short stems that extend from beams to rests within beam groups. They can help make music easier to read, as they help to maintain a regular pattern of stems within beams.

In the examples, beaming all notes and rests together to show the boundaries of quarter note (crotchet) beats makes the syncopation of the notes easier to read. The stemlets on the rests help make clear where within the quarter note beats each note occurs.

Figure 1. A syncopated phrase without stemlets
Figure 2. The same phrase with stemlets

You can change the default appearance of stemlets in each flow, and you can show stemlets in individual beams.


You can change the default minimum stemlet length and gap between rests and stemlets in the Stems section of the Notes page in Engraving Options.