Indications on stem

I’d like to use:

  • an M on a note’s stem to indicate it’s a multiphonic
  • an X on a note’s stem to indicate it’s a dead stroke
  • a Z on a note’s stem to indicate it’s a buzz roll

Here’s where it gets complicated: I’d like to use all 3 in the same part. Any thoughts how?

I have used custom noteheads which use an x-notehead and a half circle. These two elements can be positioned relative to each other in the notehead editor, but it is a bit fiddly. You need to design different noteheads for downstem and upstem notes. Similarly, as you can see, the ledger lines are too wide, too.

I have departed from this practice since then (2020), but it is something that somewhat works.

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We of course plan to add dedicated features to set up custom stem directions in future versions to make this more straightforward.

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