Split a measure between staves

• Jan 7, 2017 - 21:24

When I work with lyrics, there is often a pick-up note in the new line of text. Is it possible to split a measure between two staves? As an example, I will use the common Christmas song: Joy to the World!

If I wanted the first stave to include the lyrics: Joy to the world, the Lord is come;
And the second to begin with: Let earth receive her King;

Is there a way to cut the measure between the notes for "come" and "Let"?
(In this case it is a dotted quarter note followed by an eighth note in a 2/4 measure setting.)

For well-known songs this is not as important, but for new songs it can help readability. Thanks!



To split the measure between 2 staffs, select the note you want to start the new line and from the menu select Edit|Measure|Split Measure before Selected note. The enter a Line Break in the first part of the measure from the Breaks and Spacers palette.

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