Beams

Beams are set automatically based on the time signature (see Time signatures: Change default beaming), but they can be altered manually on a case-by-case basis. Drag a beam symbol from the "Beam Properties" palette to a note in order to change its behavior.

Beam Properties Palette (Advanced)

Alternatively, you can first select a note (or rest), and then double-click the appropriate symbol in the palette.

  • Start beam button Start a beam at this note.

  • Middle of beam button Do not end a beam at this note (or rest).

  • No beam button Do not beam this note.

  • 16th sub beam button Start a second level beam at this note.

  • 32nd sub beam button Start a third level beam at this note.

  • Automatic mode button (back to) Automatic mode: the mode MuseScore chooses on note input, dependent on current time signature.

  • Feathered beam slower button Start feathered beam (slower) at this note.

  • Feathered beam faster button Start feathered beam (faster) at this note.

To change the beam angle, or the distance of the beam to the notes (i.e. the length of the stems), double-click on the beam to put it into edit mode, with the right end handle being selected. Up/down arrow will now change the angle. Selecting the left end handle and using the up/down arrow keys will lengthen/shorten the stems. Hit Esc to get out of edit mode, once done with the changes.

To move a beam from above to below the notes, or vice-versa, flip the direction of the stems by using the button along the second top row (before the voice indicators) that shows a note with stems attached above and below or use the X key.

See also

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