making the stave the 'correct' length

• Mar 30, 2019 - 16:03

I have a piano part whose stave width is 17.7 cm.
I want to create a matching vocal part with Muse Score.
Muse score sets out the music with a stave width of 19 cm. How do I tell Muse scofrer to reduce the stave width from 19 to 17.7?


Try with the "Format" menu, "Page Adjust" option, Staff Space box. Changing this value, you will get, MAYBE, what you want. Good Luck!!!

BTW: It is something related with some other "automatic" values which you have to manipulate into the "Style" values ("Format" menu) and MuseScore Inspector panel. You will have to test some...

Change the scaling in Format->Page settings. Break out your calculator and multiply the current scaling by 0.93 and you should get it as close as you will get it.

In reply to by jotape1960

Good point. I forgot they system will still be stretched out to fill the usable page space. I guess the answer is to increase the margins so the staff can't get any wider rather than change the scaling or possibly change the scaling too if not enough measures are on a staff.

In reply to by jotape1960

My previous value of sp was 1.490 so I multiplied this by 17.7 / 19.0 (probably 0.93 as you suggest) to get 1.388
No joy; the stave has the same width as before. I suspect that sp has no effect on the stave width, only on the stave height which is logical enough. I fixed the problem for the moment by adjusting the right hand margin from 10 mm to 23 mm; the 13 mm difference is that between 19.0 and 17.7
However there is a neater solution as follows though you may find it cheating.

My task is as follows:
I have a paper version of a choral score SATB + piano. I like the piece and want to sing it as a soloist with piano. I scan the choral version to a pdf and then to a jpg. I then create my solo part as a solo in Muse score. Then I export this solo part to a pdf and then to a jpg.
From SOLO. jpg file I can cut out a stave at a time and paste it into CHORAL.jpg in ythe space initially occupied by SATB. On the way I can re-size the stave setting the width to a given number (17.7) and making the height of the stave match the height of the stave in the choral version. Thus the dimensions of the imported stave can be made to match those of the stave in the choral version in both width and height. However I still have the problem of adjusting the barlines which I will pose now. I am sure someone knows how to do this.

I have to respect the position of the barlines in the original choral version. Hence I have to be willing to over-rule Muse score by insisting that the barlines are in the positions determined by the choral version. I want to push the barlines left or right to make them match in this way. I tried decreasing stretch in the bar I wanted to make narrower but this doesn't work and in any case it is indirect. I want to click on a barline and push it to left or right as I please (within reason of course!) Any ideas?

In reply to by Keith Paton

Stretch won't help you much, it's an internal thing where MuseScore adjusts the space between notes in a measure. It won't prevent the system from filling up the width of the usable page.

If the margins vary from staff to staff on your PDF, then you would want to insert frames to fill extra space. When you add a horizontal frame, it is always added before the measure selected. So if you want the space at the end of a staff, you must insert the frame before the first measure of the next staff. Then add a system break to the frame if necessary. Make sure the frame is the only "measure" on the system with a system, page or section break (all of these are in the Breaks & Spacers palette). If you need a frame at the end of the score, you can append a frame. It is always appended to the last measure of the score, rather than the currently selected measure.

It is easy to adjust the width of a frame. Double click the blue outline of the frame and drag the blue box on the side of it to make it wider or narrower. You can also adjust the width in the inspector if you know what numbers you want to use. I believe this is what you would most like to do.

Maybe I'm missing something, but what does scaling have to do with anything? All you need to do is set the page and margin size, both of which are specified in "mm". You don't say how wide your page is, but assuming A4 which is about 29.7 cm, that means you want margins of 6cm (=60mm) each, if I'm doing the math correctly.

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