I’m getting into a problem with beams connecting over consecutive beats and I don’t find a way to modify them. I’m attaching a measure of music to illustrate.
On the example, between beats 3-4 and 6-7 in the right hand, the F#s are tied over the beat (they are selected for beats 3-4 on my excerpt), but I want the beams separated (so that the beats are clearly visible). I’ve looked in the Notation Options (Beam Grouping) and all the examples given here are in 2, 3, or 4-beat measures. So although I’ve selected the second solution in the “Beaming eighth note together in quarter note denominator time signatures” (where the beams are separated in quarter notes) as well as all the other options on that page to break the beams at beat boundaries, that hasn’t had any effect on the beaming in my excerpt. Is it because it’s in 7/4?
I’ve also tried to separate the beams with the drop-down menu (right-click) in Write mode, but that doesn’t work either. In this case, one problem is that I cannot select the 2nd F# individually (is it because it’s tied to the first F#?); if I select the second F#, for example on beat 3, it automatically selects the one before as well and then trying to “Break Beam” or “Set partial beam direction right – or left,” doesn’t work either.
Is there another way to separate those beams?
PS. One observation, back to the Notation Options: I don’t understand what the “Quarter Note denominator time signatures with half bars” refers to in 4/4 or 8/4: groupings of eighths notes in these time signatures should always be by the beat = the quarter notes. Grouping by half-bar is for 2/2 or 4/2, not for time signatures with quarter notes as denominators. I know that it’s commonly done when the music is simple to read (only eighth-notes) but the rule breaks down quickly when the subdivisions are more complex.
In fact, this procedure gets confusing further on in that same Notation Options page: the first option offered is to group beams either the half-bar or per beat (Break beams at beat boundaries); but the 3rd option (Groups of notes in simple time signatures with a half-bar) groups them automatically at the half-bar for the second half of the measure. How does either solution here interact with the first option (if I choose to have Break beams at beat boundaries)?