Inputting string indicators outside the staff with the popover

You can input string indicators outside the staff using the playing techniques popover, both during note input and by adding them to existing music.


  1. In Write mode, do one of the following:
    • Start note input.

    • Select an item on the staff and at the rhythmic position where you want to input a string indicator outside the staff. If you want to input a string indicator with a duration line, select items on the staff that span that duration.

  2. Optional: If you want to input string indicators onto multiple staves at once, extend the caret to those staves.
  3. Open the playing techniques popover in any of the following ways:
    • Press Shift-P.

    • In the Notations toolbox, click Popovers Popovers button, then Playing Techniques Playing Techniques button.

  4. Enter the appropriate entry for the string indicator you want into the popover.

    For example, enter string1 for just a string 1 indicator or string3-> for a string 3 indicator with duration.

  5. Press Return to close the popover.

    Open-ended string indicators, such as string3->, automatically extend during note input as you continue inputting notes, or if you advance the caret by pressing Space or clicking Advance Caret in the Keyboard, Fretboard, or Drum Pads panel toolbar.

  6. Optional: During note input, stop open-ended string indicators by opening the playing techniques popover again and entering ? into the popover.

    This leaves the current string indicator with a duration line. You can also enter another string indicator into the popover, but this joins the current string indicator to the following one with a continuation line rather than a duration line, which is a less common notation.


The specified string indicators are input. They are considered voice-specific by default, meaning they only apply to the voice indicated by the caret indicator during step input or the selected voice when adding string indicators to existing notes. They are automatically placed above the staff for up-stem voices and below the staff for down-stem voices.

During note input, string indicators are input at the caret position, and extend automatically if you included an open-ended string indicator with duration.

When adding string indicators to a single existing note, they are added to the selected note only and have no duration. When adding string indicators to a range of notes, they are added to the first note in the selection and have duration, which applies until the end of the selection.

By default, string indicators have dashed duration lines with a hook cap at the end.

After Completing This Task

  • If you input string indicators without duration but want to show dashed duration lines, you can add them.

  • You can change the staff-relative placement of string indicators.