Cross-staff notation

Updated 1 month ago

In piano scores, it is common to write a musical phrase extending across both staves—bass and treble. This can be entered in MuseScore as follows:

  1. Enter the notation in one staff to begin with. e.g.

    Beamed notes in upper staff

  2. Select a note and press Ctrl+Shift+/ (Mac: Cmd+Shift+/). This moves all the notes in that voice down/up to the other staff (of the same instrument, it won't work to staves of other instruments), e.g.

    Selected note moved to lower staff

    Note: If you only want to move certain notes in a chord you need to ensure that they are in a separate voice.

  3. To adjust the beam, double-click it to show the handles. Use the keyboard arrows or drag the handles to change the beam angle and height:

    Selected note moved to lower staff

See also

  • Barlines: How to extend barlines over multiple staves.
  • Beams: How to adjust beam angle and height.

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