Updated 3 months ago

    Volta brackets, or first and second ending brackets, are used to mark different endings for a repeat.

    Sample first and second endings

    To add a volta to the score

    Use one of the following methods:

    • Select a measure, or range of measures and double-click a Volta icon in the Lines palette.
    • Drag-and-drop a volta from the Lines palette, then adjust the length as required (see below).

    To change the number of measures that a volta covers

    1. Double-click the volta to enter edit mode. The end handle is automatically selected.
    2. Press Shift+ to move the end handle forward one measure. Press Shift+ to move the handle backward one measure. Repeat as required.

    Note: Only the Shift commands will alter the playback start and end points of the volta. To make fine adjustments to the visual start or end points you can use other keyboard arrow commands, or drag the handles with a mouse, but these do not affect the playback properties.

    When you select a start or end handle, a dashed line appears connecting it to an anchor point on the staff. This anchor shows the position of the playback start or end point of the Volta.

    Second-ending volta in edit mode

    Volta properties

    To make changes to Volta text:

    • Select the volta, and edit the properties in the Text Line Core section of the Inspector.

      Volta text properties in the Inspector

    To specify the order of repeats:

    • Select the volta, and in "Repeat list" (Volta section of the Inspector) type in a number, or sequence of numbers separated by commas, to indicate the repeat(s) in which the volta is to be played.

    For example, a first ending shows the number "1"; a second ending, the number "2" and so on. More complex repeats are also possible: e.g. a "Repeat list" displaying "1, 2, 4, 5, 7" indicates that the volta is to be played during repeats 1, 2, 4, 5, and 7, and so on.


    Sometimes a repeat plays more than two times. If you want to change the number of times MuseScore plays a repeat, go to the measure containing the end repeat barline and change its "Play count". See Measure operations: Other properties.

    Do you still have an unanswered question? Please log in first to post your question.