MuseScore is capable of playing back a score using swung eighth notes or swung sixteenth notes.

    Set up swing

    The recommended way to inform MuseScore (and the humans who will read your music) that a swing feel is intended is to create a Swing System Text element.

    1. Click the first note
    2. Double-click Swing in the Text palette

      Swing text

    The Swing text can be edited, like any other text element, by double-clicking it (see Text editing), and it can be made invisible using the Inspector.

    Triplet in tempo marking

    Often this notation is used to indicate swing:


    MuseScore does not have a way to include a triplet in text, such as a tempo marking, but you can use the above PNG image or an SVG image, which you can download here: swing.svg. Add it your score as described at Image (and size it to your needs), in addition to an (possibly invisible) swing text as described above, for correct notation and playback.

    Return to straight rhythm

    If you have a score containing both "swing" and "straight" sections, and want this reflected in playback:

    1. Insert a Swing text item as explained above, attached to the first note or rest of the "straight" section.
    2. Change the text as desired—double-click on the item you just inserted and change it to "Straight" (see Text editing).
    3. Turn swing off via right-click → on that text, System Text Properties…Swing Settingsoff

    Swing settings

    Swing text settings

    Swing settings for an individual Swing text marking are available via right-click → System Text Properties…Swing Settings. This allows you to define how heavily to swing (i.e., the ratio of the downbeat to upbeat), and whether it's the eighth note or the sixteenth note that is swung.

    Global swing settings

    By default, in the absence of a Swing text element, swing playback is turned off. To turn on swing playback without adding a text element, use the general (score-wide) swing settings in StyleGeneral...Score.