Non rhythmic spoken words

• May 13, 2018 - 16:45

I'd like to know the best way to insert "lyrics" which are a chunk of spoken word text. What I want is non rhythmic words, i.e. words that are NOT generally aligned with the rhythm, BUT they do begin at a defined moment, which is NOT at the start of a measure. They continue through several measures of accompanying music.

There was some discussion of this several years ago but it's not clear to me what the best solution is with the present software. As stated there "using lyrics as a way of putting entire chunks of spoken text in an empty measure is really not a good use of that facility" but what's better these days?


I would enter them as staff text then select them. Look at the inspector and change the style to Lyric Odd lines so they will look like lyrics. The advantage of staff text is that it can be entered anywhere. I would expect that if the conversation starts on the 3rd beat there will be a half rest telling the speaker when to start speaking. I would also start a new staff text on every measure to show approximately where the speaker is in the score. You may need to put some invisible rests in voice 2 to make the measure long enough to accommodate the words so the measures will not run together.

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