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Percussion staves!

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asked Mar 7, 2018 in Notion Feature Requests by christianwerner2 (260 points)
It is customary for percussion to be grouped on a single staff for any set of indefinite percussion to be handled by a single player, else it would look incredibly messy to read by any performer:

Notion currently allows for single-line and five-line staves, hence including the option to create two- as well as three-line staves would be great, since it is customary to use 1-3 lines for 1-3 percussion instruments and full 5-line staves for sets of more than 3 (such as a drum kit). An example for where a 3-line staff should be implemented is the current woodblock percussion included within Notion: it is actually a set of three differently-pitched woodblocks, this would normally be displayed in a three-line stave, not a single-line stave with ledger lines.

For reference, the current standard on musical notation, Behind Bars, elaborates about drum notation on pages 278-287 (everyone doing notation should have this).

P.S.: Admittedly, this would also ideally require to eventually be able to group several percussion instruments onto a single stave in the future (by defining which note line triggers which instrument), but currently that would be no issue when using external VST samplers instead (which I am currently doing via Battery kits, for example).

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answered Mar 12, 2018 by AlexTinsley (924,630 points)
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