Changing playing technique-specific noteheads

You can change the playing technique-specific noteheads of notes belonging to unpitched percussion instruments after they have been input; for example, to switch selected snare drum notes to the side stick technique and corresponding notehead.


The unpitched percussion instruments whose playing techniques you want to change have at least two playing technique-specific noteheads defined in the Percussion Instrument Playing Techniques dialog.


  1. In Write mode, select the notes whose playing technique-specific notehead you want to change.

    If you select a single note in percussion kits using five-line staff or grid presentations, the current playing technique is shown above the rhythmic grid.

  2. Cycle through the available playing techniques for the selected unpitched percussion instruments in any of the following ways:
    • To cycle upwards, press Shift-Alt/Opt-Up Arrow.

    • To cycle downwards, press Shift-Alt/Opt-Down Arrow.


The playing techniques of the selected unpitched percussion notes are changed. Their notehead design and/or staff position might be changed.