Please help

• Jul 3, 2022 - 06:02

I'm fairly new to Musecore and I really have no idea what is this nor what it's called

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All of what you show is completely do-able by MuseScore. Maybe your question is about understanding of music notation in general and there are other websites and resources for that.

In reply to by Rose Egbert

I'm not sure why anyone would want to reproduce this. If you look closely, the line are dashes and not very even. Like it wasn't standard even whenever this music was printed. For fun, I figured out 2 ways to do this. Not hard, but a lot of steps. Either way, it would be the very last thing you would do. Any edits after would mess with the added barlines.
1. SHIFT+K/Symbols/Barlines/drag the dashed barline to the Barlines palette.
2. Drag the new dashed barline to a measure near the desired lacation.
3. Then drag it to the place you want it to go. Between staves.
4. Stack more lines until the staves are connected.

As you add more barlines the placement might get offset at least temporarily


  1. I used Paint to create a dashed image.
  2. Follow the instructions in the manual on how to add an image to a palette.
  3. Add the new image as needed.

As with method 1, alignment might need to be adjusted as you go along.

There may be other ways to do this. Or just not bother. I can't see any purpose for it. Yes, yes, I know. People are trying to reproduce old scores. Sometimes this results in things that modern musicians, as well as MuseScore, have never seen before. Or are otherwise not necessary. I think that notation is meant to serve whatever is performing it. Not the other way around.


The upper staves in your image use small notes, so I think what your illustration shows is an Ossia:

To create an ossia in MuseScore, you need to use the Cutaway property of the upper (alternative) staff or staves. The MuseScore handbook defines the Cutaway property as follows:
Used to create a cutaway staff in which only measures containing notes are visible (e.g. ossias (Wikipedia); or cutaway scores). This can be used independently of "Hide when empty" or "Hide empty staves".

I wouldn't bother with the dotted vertical lines joining the "main" version to the alternative "ossia" above.

In reply to by DanielR

You can make a dashed barline apply to a single staff only by holding Ctrl while adding it. You can also use the span to/from properties to control where the change from solid to dashed happens. So it's actually quite possible to get what I think is the desired result:

Screenshot 2022-07-05 9.56.37 AM.png

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