Compound Time

• Nov 30, 2017 - 09:45

When the time signature is compound time (e.g. 12/8, etc.) MuseScore doesn't treat the main beat as a dotted crotchets but as crotchets - i.e it handles 12/8 as though 6/4. Therefore if one enters a crotchet as the first beat in a 12/8 bar, MuseScore then places a crotchet rest after it instead of a quaver followed by dotted crotchet rest, etc. to match the dotted crotchet main beat.

Would it be possible (or is there already an option or trick) to adapt MuseScore to accommodate compound time directly as suggested? Or have I missed something??

Richard G


In reply to by jeetee

Thanks, jeetee. The threads are very interesting and useful. I think that setting up dummy bars full of rests is probably the best kludge. However, as pointed out by the several previous threads, compound time is a pretty basic part of music notation and it would indeed be nice some time for MuseScore to have capabilities to handle it as such without the need to kludge.

I am, of course, nit-picking. MuseScore is superb and this was underlined today by it cruising through several tasks whilst a conductor chum was struggling with similar tasks using an expensive program which simply couldn't cope (and which shall remain nameless!).

In reply to by Marc Sabatella

Thanks, Marc. Agreed! It's just that, if the modus operandi of the rests matched the basic beat of compound time, it would be the quickest, easiest and most reliable. However, as you say, it isn't a significant issue - more a matter of convenience - and there are various very simple ways of dealing with it.

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