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.

You can change the vertical order of playing techniques, but only within their stacking category.

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

  • You can define playing techniques as bowing marks in the Edit Playing Techniques dialog.