Grups irregulars

Updated 9 years ago
These are old instructions for MuseScore 1
For MuseScore 3 users, see Tuplets

To create a triplet first create a note with a duration of the whole triplet. Then select the note and press Ctrl+3 to change it to a triplet. Similarly Ctrl+5 changes the note to a quintuplet.

First select a note:
Quarter note selected

Ctrl+3 creates a triplet:
Triplet eight note followed by rests

which can be further edited
Three triplet eight notes

Note entry mode

Tuplet entry works a little differently in note entry mode than the method outlined above. In version 0.9.5 or later you must take care of duration first then enter the pitches afterward. Below are step-by-step instructions for making triplet eight notes.

  1. Begin note entry mode
  2. Make sure the note entry marker is in the place that you want to start the tuplet (use the right and left arrow keys if necessary)
  3. Select a quarter note duration from the toolbar to specify the duration of the entire tuplet
  4. NotesTupletsTriplet to specify the type of tuplet
  5. Notice that an eighth note duration is automatically selected. Click on the staff to add pitches


To change the display properties of a tuplet right click on the tuplet number and choose Tuplet Properties....
Tuplet Properties dialog

The number section of the properties dialog allows you to show one integer, a ratio of two integers, or no number at all.

In the bracket section the "bracket" and "nothing" allow you to explicitly show or hide the bracket. The "auto bracket" option hides the bracket for beamed notes and shows the bracket if the tuplet includes unbeamed notes or rests.

Tuplet with a 5:6 ratio and auto beam