Changed Clef Missing/Invisible Changed Clef

• Dec 29, 2018 - 05:25

I'm working on a project that is due soon that involves clef changes for percussion parts (primarily from Treble/Bass Clef to Unpitched Percussion Clef 1. However, when I make these changes, the score layout stretches to accommodate a clef change but the actual clef does not appear. In addition, there are places in the score where there is a layout stretch to accommodate a clef change where I did not make one, and there are no clefs in that area. Despite not appearing, the clefs do make the desired transposition I need. Although I am adapting with using clef symbols and ignoring transposing, is there a proper solution to this issue?

I have attached two screenshots displaying the layout stretch for the disappeared clef.


Attaching the actual score is more helpful than a picture. In general, MuseScore simply does not support changing from pitched to unpitched on the same staff, instead use separate staves and the hide empty staves feature.

In reply to by Marc Sabatella

Understood. I suppose that reason would explain the issue. I have uploaded an example file with the same issue, but it is in MuseScore 2.3.2 and not the recently-released MuseScore 3, which I will be transitioning to later. On another note, is it possible to change the sizing of symbols from the master pallette? I have been adding clefs through the symbols selection but they are standard-sized and not smaller as a changed clef would be.

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In reply to by Quinn Ouyang

You can't change the size of symbols when added from the SYmbols palette, but you can if you add them as text, such as within staff text, using the Special Characters palette (press F2 while editing text to display it).

Meanwhile, though, a possibly better way to switch between pitched and unpitched is to add both staves, add the notes where you want, then enable Hide empty staves. Then you don't have to "fake" anything; it all works. Only drawback is you will see both staves on systems where the change occurs, unless you play tricks with horizontal spacers to work around that.

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