Returning to original dynamic after inserting an alternate dynamic

• Sep 16, 2018 - 04:01

I wish to return to my song's original dynamic/volume after having inserted an alternate dynamic such as loud (f). I do not want a gradual return (I would then, I suppose, use a decrescendo following thea loud dynamic???) but I want an immediate return instead. Please see attached.

I searched the handbook and video files as well as the inspector but could not find the answer.

Thank you!

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The default volume is mf if nothing else is entered in the score. Not entering a dynamic is not recommended for good notation, but MuseScore does this so you don't get silence. The best answer is to use the same dynamic you entered at the start of the song.

In reply to by mike320

Thank you, Mike, for explaining the the default is mf,

1) so my measures 1-41 (for which I did not select a dynamic) are then in mf? If so, I will get in the habit of indicating mf on all my past and future songs in which I would like the default volume. Thank you for this recommendation.

2) Since my measure 44 is already in the default dynamic of mf (and therefore the same as my measures 1-41), what is the next less-loud dynamic than mf for my song's final measure, which is measure 45? The dynamic p is a bit too quiet. Or would I have to change my f (measures 42 & 43) to ff, and my measure 44 (mf) to f, and my final measure (45) to mf?

3) In the MuseScore list of dynamics found in the handbook ( there are dynamics such as r, m, s, z, and n. Is there a place where these levels of volume are explained?

Thanks again for sharing your knowledge and time!

In reply to by Megan R

Well, MuseScore will currently happen to play your measures 1-41 at mf if you neglected to tell it otherwise. It has to pick something and today, it's true that mf is what MuseScore happens to pick. But who knows what musicians playing your score will pick. If you care how loud measures 1-41 are played - by MuseScore or by musicians - you should add a dynamic.

Order of dynamics in MsueScore is same as standard notation: ppp - pp - p -mp - mf - f - ff - fff.

The other values you mention are used in certain contexts by certain composers but have no universally accepted meaning. You can Google to see what different composer have chosen to use these for but basically, you should avoid using them unless you have an extremely specific reason and know you are using them in a way the musicians reading your score will understand.

In reply to by Megan R

mp is the volume between p and mf, so this would be the volume you select. If this is too loud or soft, you can decrease or increase the velocity (which controls the volume) in the inspector.

The other letters are used in dynamics but never by themselves. We have already discussed the m, which is used in mf and mp. The others have various meanings that may vary from one composer to the next but each does have its own general meaning. Since MuseScore does nothing different when these are added (except the m) they are not explained in the documentation. rz stands for rinforzando while sf stands for sforzando which you can look up online for some interpretations of what they mean.

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