Parts

    • other aspects of parts - style, export
    • update to work better with "Working with Instruments" and/or "Create your first score"?

    Opening a part

    MuseScore 4 automatically creates a separate part for every instrument in your score.

    To open a part:

    1. Click Parts in the toolbar (This will open the parts dialog)
    2. Click a part to select it
    3. Click Open

    The selected part appears as a tab in the score window.

    You can also open multiple parts at once. Do this by holding Shift while selecting the parts you’d like to open in the parts dialog.

    Opening parts (animated image)

    Renaming, duplicating and deleting parts

    This all takes place in the parts dialog (accessible from the Parts button in the toolbar). Simply click the menu icon next to a selected part to reveal these options.

    Context menu for parts image

    Parts can also be deleted by:

    • Selecting a part and clicking the trash can icon
    • Selecting a part and typing Del

    Note that a part must first be opened before it can be duplicated or deleted. When a part is deleted, its tab in the score window is closed, and any customisations made to that part will be lost. The part will also no longer appear in the Parts dialog.

    If you delete a part and can no longer see it in the Parts dialog, simply close and reopen the dialog. MuseScore will always make sure there is a part available in the Parts dialog for every available instrument in your score.

    For information on exporting and printing parts, see Open/Save/Export/Print

    Creating custom parts

    The parts dialog is tightly integrated with the new instruments panel. This integration makes it easy for you to create parts with any combination of instruments from your score. There are two ways to customise parts in MuseScore 4.

    Reveal instruments from other parts

    As we’ve already seen, MuseScore 4 automatically creates a new part for every instrument in your score. All you have to do is open the part from the parts dialog.

    What’s actually happening is that each automatically-created part contains all of the instruments in your score – they’re all just hidden from view (except, of course, the chosen part instrument).

    You can “reveal” other instruments within an existing part. To do this:

    1. Open a part (as described above)
    2. Select the Instruments panel
    3. Click the eye icon next to another instrument

    This instrument will now be visible in the chosen part.

    Create a new part

    You can also create a customised part entirely from scratch. To do this:

    1. Click Parts in the toolbar to open the parts dialog
    2. Click Create new part
    3. Give your new part a name
    4. Click Open

    Your new part will now be open in the scores tab, but it will appear to contain no instruments. To add instruments to this part:

    1. Go to the Instruments panel
    2. Click the eye icon next to each instrument you’d like to appear in your part

    Choose which voices appear in each part

    Sometimes it will be necessary to create individual parts from staves that contain multiple voices. You might, for example, want to extract separate parts for orchestral players who share a stave in the main score (E.g. Flute I and Flute II). Or you might wish to create individual vocal parts from choral scores where, for example, four voices are notated across two staves.

    You'll need to first create or duplicate a part (See above). To then select which voices will appear in a part:

    1. Open a part (see above)
    2. Go to the Instruments panel
    3. Expand an instrument by clicking on the triangular dropdown icon
    4. Click the settings icon next to the staff name
    5. Select which voice(s) you want to appear in your part by ticking/un-ticking the checkboxes under Voices visible in the score

    Showing and hiding voices in parts (animated image)