A trill is often notated with two symbols: the indication and a wavy extension line (~) that indicates the length of the trill. Both components of a trill are available as Smart Shapes and Articulations. If you’ve loaded an Articulations library into your file (or if your Maestro Font Default file is in place), you don’t have to create the markings anew. See also Engraver Font - "Trill to” Noteheads and Smart Playback.

To create a trill or trill extension line (wavy line)

  1. Choose the Smart Shape tool . The Smart Shape Palette appears. (If the palette does not appear, choose Window > Smart Shape Palette to place a checkmark by it.)
  2. Choose the Trill tool or the Trill Extension tool .
  3. Position the cursor in the measure where you want the trill or wavy line to begin.
  4. Double-click the mouse; on the second click, hold the button down and drag to the right until the trill or wavy line is the desired length. As long as you hold the button down, you can keep moving the end of the trill or wavy line.

To create a small accidental on a trill marking

To let the player know which notes are to be trilled, a small accidental, sometimes in parentheses, is often placed next to the symbol. (This tells the player to raise or lower the written pitch by a half step for the trill.) This symbol, too, is an Articulation; see Articulations. See also Engraver Font - "Trill to” Noteheads.

To define a trill marking for playback

Trills defined with one of the default trill articulations playback automatically if Human Playback is enabled in the Playback Settings dialog box. See Playback Settings dialog box for details. If Human playback is disabled, you can apply playback to trills using the TGTools Smart Playback plug-in.

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