merging multiple staves into one

• Mar 7, 2017 - 05:23

I've been trying figure out to do this, and i'm not having much luck. I've attached a midi file I used as a source to import into musescore.

Then following the instruction found here (, I've merged the two bass staves, and then tried to merge the 'merged bass staff' with 'the treble staff'

But if I select the first rest of the treble staff, and paste the copied stuff from the bass staff, it overwrites it.

I've managed to transpose the piece by an octave, and I need the bass staff notes to be in the treble staff with the rest, so I can clean it up afterwards.

How will I accomplish this?

It's for transcribing piano music to be played on a guitar. (i know some pieces are just impossible. But people make sacrifices in terms of the pitches and the number of notes and make a piano piece playable on a guitar)

Thanks for any insights.

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bwv-988-v01.mid 4.66 KB
bwv-988-v01.mscz 31.68 KB


In reply to by seanincali

Changing the clef isn't really necessary, but if you want to do it, select the measure and double click the staff on the palette.

To filter, press F6 to open the selection filter and uncheck voice 1, then select the entire second staff, copy, and then select either the first note or rest (it doesn't matter) and paste. Check Voice 1 so you don't forget when you need it later during cleanup.

Sorry Folks, I am having the exact same problem here again with a different midi import file. At first it wouldn't let me copy and paste anything until the midi was saved as a mscz file.

Then when I transpose the bass clef to treble, and the select voice 2 only, and copy and paste into voice 1 clef after checking the voice 2 off and 1 on, I get overwritign efefct.

I've tried it with voice 1 off, voice 2 off, both on. and so on.

Attached the screenshots and mscz.

PS. what's with the midi files having instruments, and the musescore not being able to change it? I've changed the flute denoted in the midi file to guitar, and it shows upper notes above c in red indicating it's out of the range which clearly shouldn't be


Actually I did find out what the problem is.

I didn't change the top staff, exchange voice 1-2. Once I had done that, the overwriting stopped, and I was able to merge the staff and transpose to c. and then lower the top staff notes by an octave.

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IMSLP350872-PMLP533917-wtc1.mscz 30.16 KB

In reply to by seanincali

To make things easier until you get 2.1, you only need to turn on and off the voices affected and leave everything else checked. No need to unselect everything else.

When you copy voice 2 of the left hand,
check voice 2, uncheck voice 1
Click the first note/rest of the destination
Check voice 1

The problem with the instrument changes has to do with the flute using a normal treble clef and the guitar uses a treble clef with the 8 under it. This is because the guitar is a transposing instrument, that is everything sounds an octave below what is written. So what you see on the page is actually an octave above where it should be on a guitar staff. Changing instruments does not automatically change clefs, you must do that yourself. This clef with the 8 below it is in the advanced palette.

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