How to represent this measure in MuseScore (too many notes?)

• Mar 3, 2021 - 04:25

I've got a PDF of Sheet Music I purchased somewhere else (what I wanted wasn't available on, and I'm transcribing it manually into MuseScore so I can do MusicXML and MIDI exports.

I had no issues up until this one special measure, which by my math, adds up to a total of 20/16 th's

I've never seen the numbers on the note bars like this before either, so I'm not sure if they're somehow affecting the note length/count

Should I be able to accurately represent this measure in MuseScore? I can't seem to figure out how...

I know I can switch to "Insert" mode and just add extra notes to a given measure, but I'm not sure if that's what the original sheet music measure is doing or not

Any help you could provide would be awesome


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Thank you so much, didn't know what to call that.. working perfectly

Since you were so helpful quickly, I did run into one other minor issue that I can't seem to understand, this measure's top staff seems to add up to 17/16 th's, but there are no extra markings to help me understand why that is (that I can discern, anyways)

If you have any idea, that would be great


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In reply to by Shoichi

I don't think your example changes anything... the version I have without using a tuplet is still the same length for these notes (1.75 beats)

Is there some visual indicator on this measure to give away where that extra 1/16 is?

In reply to by Alex_AFS

The visual hint is that just before the "Eb" on the top staff there are 2 1/8ths (= 4/16ths) while at the same time the bottom staff has only a dotted 1/8th (= 3/16ths).
Normally it would be advised to leave the tuplet number/ratio and/or bracket visible in such a case to clarify.

In reply to by jeetee

Thanks so much jeetee, I think I've got it now... I had originally identified that same spot as the problem by doing the math on where the top/bottom staff line up, but didn't know about how tuplets would've solved the issue

Attached a sample mscz with my fix which I think is correct and a screenshot, and it sounds correct to my ear when played in MuseScore

If this isn't the solution you thought it should be, please let me know, but otherwise, thanks for helping me out!

This was my solution:

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