Positions of playing techniques

Playing techniques, both as text and symbols, are placed above the staff by default. On vocal staves, they are placed above the staff and below dynamics. In multiple-voice contexts, playing techniques for the up-stem voices are placed above the staff and playing techniques for the down-stem voices are automatically placed below the staff.

Glyph playing techniques are center-aligned on noteheads. Text playing techniques are left-aligned with noteheads.

Figure 1. Placement of playing techniques with two voices on the same staff

You can move playing techniques to different rhythmic positions in Write mode. They are positioned by default according to your settings in Engraving Options.

You can move playing techniques graphically in Engrave mode, but this does not change the rhythmic positions to which they are attached.

In Engrave mode, each playing technique continuation line has two square handles, one at the start and one at the end. You can move these handles to adjust the graphical position, length, and angle of playing technique continuation lines.

If playing technique continuation lines cross system and frame breaks, you can move the line segments on each side of the break independently.

Moving playing techniques with continuation lines moves them both together, including any adjacent playing techniques and continuation lines in the same group. Moving continuation lines or continuation line handles moves the continuation lines independently of the playing technique.

You can change the default positions of all playing techniques project-wide on the Playing Techniques page in Engraving Options.