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.

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 → 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.

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