Breaths and pauses

Updated 4 years ago
This page shows old instructions for MuseScore 3.
For MuseScore 4 users, see Breaths and pauses.

    Breath and pause markings are available in the Breaths & Pauses palette (Advanced workspace).

    Breaths and pauses palette

    Add symbol

    To add a breath, or pause (aka caesura / "tram lines" / "railroad tracks") to the score, use one of the following options:

    • Select a note or rest and click a breath or pause symbol in a palette (double-click in versions prior to 3.4).
    • Drag a breath or pause symbol from a palette onto a note or rest in the score.

    The symbol is placed after the note. Its position can be adjusted by editing the X and Y offsets in the Inspector, or, in edit mode, using the arrow keys.

    Adjust pause length

    You can adjust the pause length (in seconds) of the added symbol in the Inspector.

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