How do I delete a rest?

• Aug 27, 2016 - 05:22

Okay, some rests got added by accident, I want to delete one before a note, and then change the one after the note to make the timing right.

How do you do this? Mind you, cut doesn't work, none of the key commands work, nothing seems to have any ability to remove that eight note rest that I want gone. Why you just don't allow delete or cut to work is beyond me.

Windows 7 is the operating system. Everything I've seen written elsewhere doesn't work. Don't want to have to rescore from the beginning, though it does look like I'll just have to delete everything from the offending measure forward. This UI isn't exactly user friendly.


Comments

In reply to by John Van Stry

"Is my only option to delete the entire measure and re-write it?"
Absolutely not.
That said, delete a rest in Voice 1 is not possible.
Copy/Cut-paste is the solution. It works fine, when you are a bit accustumed.
Attach please an image (or, better, your score) by describing the expected result. Someone will say how to do exactly.
A simple example:
Start point:
ex1.jpg
If I want to put the E on the second beat: Press Shift and select the E (notehead):
Result:
ex2.jpg
Then right-click -> Cut -> Past on the quarter rest.
Result:
ex3.jpg

In reply to by cadiz1

I think the short answer is: You don't delete rests in musescore. You place the notes, move them if necessary (aka cut/paste), delete them if you must. The rests will be filled in by the software.

In voices 2 - 4 though you can delete rests though since one voice suffices to "fill" the measure.

This is because the software makes sure a measure is always full, i.e. the total of all notes and rests in a measure is alway equal to the time signature. This is very good for us users because it makes a lot of common mistakes impossible.

I think this basic way of looking at it is a good idea even if you hand write a score.

In reply to by azumbrunn

As the whole thing was deleted and re-wrote, I can't paste it.
What I wanted to do was delete a rest, actually delete two rests, and replace them with a proper rest in the right place.

It was supposed to be: quarter note, dotted eight rest, sixteenth note, quarter note, quarter rest.
Instead I got two eight rests, one after the dotted one, one at the end of the measure. When I tried to do a 'cut' nothing ever 'cut' so as far as I could see, 'cut and paste' was not working at all.

I understand the point of trying to keep the timing right on first voice, however, this wasn't really designed as well as it could have been. Quite simply, you could flag the measure if the timing is wrong, or you could have a mode to edit the measure that you can't leave until the timing is correct, or a number of other things. As a programmer and an engineer, there are a few UI choices that make me cringe, because they're very counter intuitive, but for those of you who are musicians first and foremost, this may very well be the way you've been taught to expect it to work, so I don't want to complain too loudly. But honestly, the cut and paste functions, as well as the method for formatting measures on the page, aren't very intuitive.

In reply to by RobR

As mentioned elsewhere, MuseScore 3 allows you to delete rests or remove notes with Ctrl+Delete. But it doesn't really save any time or effort in this case. It's just as easy if not easier to either enter the correct notes directly on top of the rest, or - if the correct notes were already entered - to cut and paste them.

In reply to by John Van Stry

Think about what you are asking: deleting a rest and making no other changes would leave too few beats in the measure. That's not what you want to do at all - you don't want incorrect notation (although there are ways to force too few beats in a meadsure if that *had* been what you wanted). That rest occupies a specific point in time - say, beat 1 of a 4/4 measure. It sounds like what you actually want to do is move the note that is current on beat 2 earlier, so that *it* starts on beat 1 instead of the rest. So don't try to trick MuseScore into moving that note earlier by deleting a rest - just ask it to move the note earlier direcftly, using cut and paste. Select the note on beat 2, cut, click the rest on beat 1, paste. Try it - it really does work. And the best part is, if you actually want to move several notes, or even several measure, earlier, you can do that just as easily. You are in complete control of how much of the subsequent music you want moved earlier in time. MKuseScore cannot guess this; only you know how many notes/rests need to be moved.

If you are still having trouble with the concet, feel free to attach a specific example and we can describe more precisely exactly how to do it, but hoepfully the idea is clearer now. Deleting a rest makes no musical sense - a rest is silence. What you are really doing when you speak of deleting rests is moving some number of subsequent notes earlier in time, so that's what you need to do, directly.

In reply to by John Van Stry

So, to do that, *simply overwrite the eighths with the quarter*. No need to delete anything, no need to even use cut and paste. Simply click navigate back to that eighth rest (eg, use cursor if in note input mode, or click then enter note input mode if not) then enter the quarter. It replaces the original eighth rest directly.

Again, if you need further assdistance, it is easier to help if you attach the score you are having problems with.

In reply to by John Van Stry

To illustrate:

1) If you want to simply replace two eighth rests with a quarter, nagivate to the first eighth:

replace-rest-1.png

Then enter with a quarter - it will automatically replace the eighth rests, no delete operation required:

replace-rest-2.png

2) If on the other hand you want to "delete" the rest in the sense of moving the subsequent note(s) earlier to take its place, use cut and paste. First select the note(s):

replace-rest-3.png

Then cut:

replace-rest-4.png

Then click the initial rest and paste. The cut note(s) takes the place of the original rests, and an equivalent rest is automatically created to fill the remaining space:

replace-rest-5.png

If you are talking abut something else, again, please attach an example so we can see what you mean. But I guess from your description it is one of these two cases, both of which are accomplished very simply.

In reply to by John Van Stry

If I understand (hope): "It was supposed to be: quarter note, dotted eight rest, sixteenth note, quarter note, quarter rest. Instead I got two eight rests, one after the dotted one, one at the end of the measure."
you want to receive this:
result.jpg
And you are here:
result1.jpg
Exact, or not?

If yes, do:

- Select the two notes (highlighted)
select.jpg
- Right-click -> Cut -> Select the eight rest and Paste on it
select2.jpg
- Select the next eight rest (or navigate with right arrow)
select3.jpg
- Type 5 (or select the quarter note value in the toolbar)
Result (second measure showed, as the first one)
final result.jpg

In reply to by John Van Stry

Sorry, I somehow missed that response.

"It was supposed to be: quarter note, dotted eight rest, sixteenth note, quarter note, quarter rest.
Instead I got two eight rests, one after the dotted one, one at the end of the measure"

It still isn't clear what you mean "instead I got..." - you mean, you accidentally entered the second thing when you meant to enter the first, and now you want to turn it into the first? If so, then indeed, what cadiuz1 posts above is what you wnat, and is exactly as we have been saying: you have two notes (a sixteenth and a quarter) that were accidentally entered on the wrong beat, so you want to move them earlier in time. You might *think* of this as "deleting a rest" but it is course more than that - it is also moving some unspecified number of subsequent notes earlier. In this, exactly two notes need to be moved earlier; in another case, only one might need to be mvoed earlier, and an in another, seventeen notes might need to be moved earlier. Only you, not MsueScore, can possibly know how many notes were accidentally entered onto the wrong beats. So it is up to you to select the notes you want moved earlier and move them earlier, using cut and paste.

As for being "intuitive", that is subjective. Different people find different things intuitive. You apparently think "graphically" - music as a linear series of symbols. Others think "aurally* - music as a set of sounds that occur at specific points in time. MuseScore "thinks" more the latter way. Notes are entered at specific points in time (eg, on beat 3), and if you want to move them to a different point in time, simply do so directly, via cut and pase. It's perfectly intuitive if you think aurally.

In reply to by Marc Sabatella

Okay, let me see if I understand this, because it may explain some of my issue. You are saying that you can cut and paste notes, but that you can not cut and paste rests. That the system is primarily based on notes, and rests are more or less just kinda 'there'. You can stick them in, but you can't manipulate them like you can notes (i.e. cut and paste). Is that correct?

When dealing with music, I think linearly, and I assign the same priorities to rests as I do to notes. This may be because my background is from the rhythm section (I started in percussion), but rests are just as important as notes, i.e. what you don't play counts just as much as what you do, and the silent spots weight just as heavily as the ones that are played (just ask any jazz musician).

In reply to by John Van Stry

In MuseScore, as in virtually all score-writing programs, the number of beats in a measure controls what the user can put in that measure. Both notes and rests occupy defined duration in any measure; there is no 'temporal' difference between them. You can copy-and-paste either notes or rests into any measure (and the program will spill any excess duration over into succeeding measures, or insert rests to fill as needed), but you canNOT delete a rest, because doing so would mean that the measure in which you are working no longer contains enough beats. When you delete a note, it is automatically replaced by a rest, but the program cannot replace a deleted rest with a note because it does not know what PITCH note to replace it with. So when you try to delete a rest, the program ignores your command because you are asking it to do something it is not structured to do.

Every measure contains a certain number of beats by definintion, according to the time signature you have selected. The ACTUAL number of beats in any specific measure can be modified in the 'Measure Properties' dialogue. IOW, if you are working in 4/4 and you want one specific measure to contain only 3 beats (quarter notes), you right-click on that measure, select Measure Properties, and change the Measure Duration>ACTUAL parameter from 4 to 3. That measure will now contain three quarter notes instead of four.

In reply to by John Van Stry

No, it's not really accurate to say you can't cut and paste rests. You can, actually - try cutting a section of rests and pasting it on top of some notes, and you'll see it works just fine. The rests you pasted overwirte the notes. So it's exactly the same. Rests *are* as important as notes, and that indeed is the key to understanding this. Cutting something never moves anything else - it replaces the cut passage with silence. It does not matter if the cut passage is rests, notes, or some combination of both - it all gets replaced by silence. That is the behavior of the cut operation - it replaces *whatever* was there with silence. You are expecting cut to also have another side effect - to make some random guess as to how many subsequent notes or rests should be moved earlier in time and then do that automatically. This does not happen. Similarly, paste takes the contents of the clipboard and overwrites the content at the current selection position. Again, it does not matter if the clipbaord is notes or rests or some combination, and it does not matter if the content at the current selection is notes, rests, or some combiantion. Paste overwrites the current content with the clipboard, period.

So it's all perfectly consistent - you just have to realzie that cut means "replace with silence", it does not mean "magically shift some unspecified number of subsequent notes or rests earlier in time".

In reply to by Marc Sabatella

Yes, I agree that deleting a rest makes no MUSICAL sense. However, during the creation or editing process, rests often end up in a measure by accident. There needs to be a way to tell MuseScore, "Yes, I know removing this rest makes no musical sense. It didn't make any sense when I added it, either. Please let me take it out and put something else into this measure. I'll tell you when I'm done, and you can tell me if the measure has the right number of beats at that time."

In reply to by John Van Stry

I also have spent several days attempting to delete rests. Neither 'delete', 'cut', or any other synonym would work. So I found your problem and have carefully read every response. My situation was slightly different. I was not trying to delete a rest so that the rest of the measure would jump back to that point. It was all my measures, dozens and dozens of them, line after line. They were completely balanced by notes. 4/4 time and, for a simple example, two half notes in every voice... voice 1, voice 2, voice 3, voice 4. Both Treble Clef and Bass Clef measures filled to perfection. And yet there were one to three of these superfluous rests (usually half rests but quarter rests occasionally) in every measure. All I could do was use Inspector and uncheck 'visible' and check 'small'. But they never would go away.
I write this, not because I think it necessarily applies to your specific issue but it may assist someone researching everything they can find because of same misconception I had. Those kind people trying to help cannot necessarily get inside the head of those asking the question and realize what a person is really wrongfully thinking, such as myself, and not knowing how to express the problem. In my case I have been using another (poorer) software that also showed 4 voices that could be populated. What I didn't realize is that I was assuming Musescore operated the same way, 4 voices per score. It dawned on me after many hours that these rests were all in the bass clef. I had been using Musescore the same way I had for years been forced to use the other software; voice 1 and voice 2 in the treble clef and voice 3 and voice 4 in the bass clef.
I finally realized Musescore is designed for 4 voices per staff, NOT per score. So, not even using the voice 1 in the bass clef, the automatic fill feature active always in voice 1 was not filled with even a single note. And so the rests rightfully and legitimately persisted. Now I understand that each of those 4 voices operate independently in each staff, that is, voice 1 in the Treble Clef functions independently of voice 1 in the bass clef.
As soon as I began to use voice 1 in the bass clef also, the superfluous rests disappeared.
I hope that someone who is searching the forum for answers to the same issue will stumble across this post.

In reply to by Jojo-Schmitz

But the silence that is on the page is in the wrong place. I want the entire remainder of the song to shift left into the silence that should not be there. The Delete key should remove the rest and shift everything to the left into its place. Then I should be able to add silence into the place where I really wanted it, not where it is now. For example, when I play the song I realize that there is a rest in the middle of a measure, but it should be at the end, or the beginning of the measure, or maybe in the next measure, so I want everything to shift so I can put my silence where I want it, but no longer be where the software originally put it. I should be able to add and remove my silence in the same fashion as I add and remove notes.

I read through this entire post and started writing a reply. When I was done, and after refreshing this page, I noticed other similar comments were posted.
Anyway... here's my version.

You wrote:
When dealing with music, I think linearly, and I assign the same priorities to rests as I do to notes.

OK... Because MuseScore has playback capabilities, it regards both rests and notes as temporal events, not mere graphical symbols/glyphs. MuseScore must play the notated pitch (or rest) at the assigned time.
With that in mind, please click on any note/rest in a score and look at the bottom left of the MuseScore window. You will see the 'Status Bar' - (if not, go to menu item: View, and place a check mark next to it). The 'Status Bar' shows the exact beat (or fraction thereof) at which that note/rest is played. So, if a rest occurs on beat 2 (or 2.33, 2.5, or 2.75, etc.) and you actually want a note there, you must enter the note at that time slot - via keyboard entry, or cut/copy/pasting into that position. This is as linear as it gets since all beats (and fractions thereof) are counted and played from left to right in ascending order. For example, in 4/4, a measure of all quarter notes/rests would be counted (linearly) as: 1,2,3,4 .

...what you don't play counts just as much as what you do, and the silent spots weight just as heavily as the ones that are played

Precisely! The silent spots can only be replaced with sounds (or different rest durations) - which is how MuseScore operates.
That's why a quarter note, on beat 2 for instance, can be deleted and turned into a quarter rest and why a 16th note can be deleted and turn into a rest. This is possible because all rests 'sound' the same. Try to play back a measure of all quarter rests followed by a measure of all 16th rests, (or any combination of rests) - it all 'sounds' the same.
Conversely, to delete a rest, would require it to be replaced by something - that is, either a rest of a different duration, or an actual note. MuseScore does not guess what pitch(es), or different rest duration, should fill the void. That's up to the composer.

You can stick them (rests) in, but you can't manipulate them like you can notes (i.e. cut and paste). Is that correct?
You don't cut/paste a single rest on top of a single note. Simply delete the note and the rest appears.
However, cutting a selected passage and pasting it to a different spot does 'move' rests, along with the notes.

If MuseScore were a 'one trick pony' graphics program - without playback - then, for sure, you'd be able to drag stuff around and delete any glyph, rests included. There's been some talk on the forum about implementing some form of 'scratch pad' feature:
https://musescore.org/en/node/119241#comment-538886
The attached .mscz files in the link above are worth a look - to see how MuseScore behaves.

Also, here's a related post about 'moving' a rest:
https://musescore.org/en/node/103366

Regards, welcome aboard, and consult these forums regularly. Lots of knowledge can be gained simply by leisurely browsing here.

“Anywhere in the ongoing continuum of time, where there is not a note, there is by definition a rest.”

MuseScore inserts rests where there is not a note.   It may represent this period of silence by a single rest-marker, or several.   (In that respect, they behave just like notes.)   You can click on the first two of (say ...) two consecutive eighth-rests and convert it to one quarter-rest:   it’s the same duration of silence, just another way to say it.   You can also split that quarter-rest into smaller pieces.

It’s nice to do that sort of thing, sometimes, if (say ...) one instrument’s doing a part involving eighth-notes and another player is playing his part tightly against him.   By using eighth-rests, you make it visually obvious on the page how the two parts are to work together.   One instrument’s part now “visually looks more like” its companion part.

I know this is an old post but I can't delete anything except for notes. And if I delete a note it keeps adding symbols. Why is it adding symbols automatically as it wants.

In reply to by onurcan1977

As said above:
You can't delete what exactly? Rests, esp. those from voice 1?
Rests are silence, you can't delete silence, except by replacing them with noise (AKA music ;-))

What symbols is it adding when you delete what? Does it add rests when you delete notes? If so, no it does not, it replaces notes with rests

If you want to move a bunch of notes forward of backward in the score, use cut and paste

In reply to by Jojo-Schmitz

As an engineer, I can understand where John Van Stry is coming from. One of the options that he mentioned has been totally ignored by all the subsequent commentators, namely to have a mode in which you can play around with the measure to your heart's content, deleting, adding and replacing notes or rests, and then pressing a button to confirm your changes. If, at that point, the measure does not conform to the number of beats/measure, MuseScore will not accept it, otherwise it will be inserted into the score.
I understand that it is currently possible to make any changes one wants to a measure, but it is clumsy and counter-intuitive.

In reply to by onurcan1977

You wrote:
Why is it adding symbols automatically as it wants.

What kind of symbols? Codas? Crescendos? ;-)
Most likely, you are referring to rests.
If so, please review all the above comments/links - especially those concerning copy/paste to shift notes.
Also see:
https://musescore.org/en/node/103366
for more perspective.

If you still have questions, please attach a sample score detailing your dilemma. In it, explain what you want to happen, the steps you perform, and what happens instead.

Regards.

Here's my situation (somehow there are no rests, that's fine)
screenshot-1.jpg

And if I add a note:
screenshot-2.jpg

A symbol shows up. Sometimes it adds too many rests. Am I missing a point?

Say I accidently inserted wrong note (that was what I did actually). If I delete or replace then insert correct one, the score becomes:
screenshot-3.jpg

In reply to by onurcan1977

And still the measure is complete, still 4 beats.
This is the way MuseScore works, and most probably will be in the future, as changing away from that would really annoy a lot of users that are used to the current behaviour, and that includes people coming from Finale or Sibelius, AFAIK.
There may come an additional mode that allows for what you expect, but that won't happen unless someone feels like coding it.

In reply to by onurcan1977

You wrote:
Say I accidently inserted wrong note (that was what I did actually). If I delete or replace then insert correct one, the score becomes...

So, the wrong note was the quarter note A?
You select it, type 4 (or click on the eighth note duration in the note entry toolbar) so the quarter note changes to an eighth note.
What did you expect to see at this point?

To continue from there, just keep entering notes over the rests (or press 0 to enter an actual rest).
See:
https://musescore.org/en/handbook/note-input#enter-pitch
https://musescore.org/en/node/21495

Regards.

In reply to by onurcan1977

As is MuseScore, as is just about every other notation program. You just need to learn how each of them work. museScore assumes that if you enter a note, you want that note to stay there - same pitch, same duration, same beat position within the measure - until you explicitly tell MuseScore to change one of those things. When you speak of deleting a rest or note, what you are really wanting is for the subsequent notes to also move earlier in time. MuseScore doesn't do that without your explicitly asking it. if you want a note or group of notes moved earlier in time, simply do so directly - cut and paste the note or notes from its current position to its new position. If you try deleting a note earlier, as you see, MuseScore does what is needed to avoid moving unrelated notes earlier. If you want those notes moved, simply tell MuseScore to do so and it will happily oblige.

In reply to by Marc Sabatella

When I highlight a rest and hit delete I am specifically asking MuseScore to move all subsequent notes earlier in time. Then I will need to place rests or notes in the proper locations to align the subsequent notes into the measures properly. That is what I expect it to do because no one on the planet can type it in perfectly the first time. In this text screen, that is what I expect if I delete a letter, all following letters move to the left. If I move the cursor to a place and add I space, I get the silence I am looking for. This is what people who use computers expect to be able to do.

In reply to by myoknis

Welcome aboard...

You wrote:
"In this text screen, that is what I expect if I delete a letter, all following letters move to the left. If I move the cursor to a place and add I space, I get the silence I am looking for."

OK... so the inference is that when you move the cursor to a place and you add a word, you get something other than silence? (For example, you hear the word?
I don't think so, because this text screen has no playback capability. (In this text screen, I get silence all the time - whether I add a space, a letter, a word...)

Please open this attachment in MuseScore: Musical_vs_Graphical.mscz

Regards.

In reply to by myoknis

It's important to keep in mind that the use case described - where you literally want everything moved earlier - is not necessarily the most common in general. It's at least as common you'd only want a few things moved earlier, and also common you wouldn't want anythingovwdat all. This is very different from text, where it almost always makes sense to move everything, because there is almost never a reason to leave empty space in text.

You mention not being able to do things perfectly the first time and that's understandable. Best to look up at the screen often enough to catch errors quickly.

I feel like the current development standpoint is limiting to users. There's a difference between "standing your vision" and "standing your ground". I understand that the developers have a vision with how rests are handled but it boxes in the user. I think that you are holding your users too small by making the decision for them they don't know how to properly manage the proper beat and alignment with the silence. I think that spending some effort in developing an "Advanced" user mode will help you keep users that get frustrated that they can't make a simple change like deleting a rest. I have used similar applications and immediately was turned off that I can't control this.

First impressions are key to software like this. I guarantee that you will gain & keep more customers if you offer more variety in how they interact with the software. There are many applications out there that give full control and work great. Yes, there may be a bit more user error because they missed a rest but they learn more because they need to go through and do their own troubleshooting instead of having a program simply not let them control something in the first place.

In reply to by Ziya Mete Demircan

And what about notes that are tied across a barline and after the delete are within the measure, should they get combined into one? What about ties that are just there to emphasize the rhythm, should they change and if so how?
But esp. that tuplet example would cause corruptions all over the place.

In reply to by Jojo-Schmitz

You can insert notes including when the text which follows has triplets without problem. The triplets will move correctly over the barline, using tied shorter notes values when necessary. You can also enter notes first and change rhythm afterwards, even add bar structure only afterwards (beginning with a score without any bar structure).
And when a long note is split into two shorter tied notes because it crosses a barline, it becomes a long note again if it is pushed completely in a new bar.

In reply to by frfancha

And what happens to notes that were tied within a bar in the first place and they moved to cross a barline, then you move it back? Does it go back to being a tie or does it get converted to a single note? If it was a single note with a customized stem direction or beaming, what happens to that when it gets split? Or if it is tied now with different customizations to stem direction or beaming, how is that handled when combined into one note? And what happens if a subsequent change splits it again - does it somehow remember the previous customizations? If not, that's a sure way to lose a lot of hard work.

Not saying it isn't possible to invent ways of handling these case, but to imply it's a simple thing with an obvious solution that can be handled "without problem" is to not have really looked at the complexity of it. Simple things can be done simply, more complicated things can be be handled with difficulty, cases more cplex still will involve compromises.

Anyhow, sure, as a separate command for that subset of the time when this happens to be what you want, sure, no reason we couldn't also do something like this as well as the command we already have to handle the more common case.

In reply to by mattymikado

You are not boxed in at all. Again, deleting a rest doesn't make musical sense itself, but if you art thinking of this as a sort of backdoor way to trick MuseScore into also taking some unspecified number of subsequent notes and moving them earlier in time, there is no need to resort to such indirect approaches. if you want some group of notes - only you can possibly know how many - moved in earlier in time, simply do so directly via a simple cut and paste operation.

In reply to by Marc Sabatella

I just had to weigh in here. I find the current way rests work to be completely off-putting. I'm just going to go out on a limb here and say perform this operation like Finale does, which has a great implementation of this feature. If the user is working in the current measure, don't apply the rests and let them select and delete rests at will. As soon as the measure loses focus, then you can auto-fill whatever is left to fill the measure. This way you're not constantly fighting the software to get the measure how you want it and you don't have to cut and paste. If I want to add a rest at the beginning of the measure right now, it's just completely clumsy. Also, adding a toolbar with the rests like you have notes currently would be a definite plus.

That being said I really do love Musescore. Would love to see this feature altered for better use, in my opinion.
Keep up the great work!

Sometimes, when writing music using several voices, some rests don't disappear and you can't delete them at all. What you can do is: click on the rest, and then press the letter "V", then click on something else and you'll see that the rest becomes light grey, which means it has become invisible. If you print the sheet of music that rest won't appear at all. Anything that becomes light grey color is as if it wasn't there at all.

Nearly a quarter-decade later Mr. Stry has doubtless solved the problem or moved on, but MuseScore 3 does have a simple solution for deleting rests (the apparent absence of which would be enough to drive any composer around the bend). SELECT THE REST (or measure, or whatever needs to be omitted as one would omit a word or phrase in word processing) > TOOLS > REMOVE SELECTED RANGE will do it.

If anyone knows Orff-Shulwerk style body percussion notation the ability to erase the rest (or better yet - make it invisible) would be life saving! All parts are working together therefore if another part is playing on that beat the appropriate way to notate it is with no rests. Trying to read the notation with rests makes it much harder to read. Therefore I recommend a feature that makes them invisible! Please!

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