Rest to fill a bar

• Apr 16, 2019 - 03:55

Hi, Gang!!!

I use MuseScore 3.0.5 (not the Portable AppImage) in Ubuntu Studio 18.04.2 LTS (64 bit Linux).

I want to know if there is some "International Standard" about how to fill a bar with a simple rest.

MuseScore always shows a whole note rest, even in cases where is mathematically impossible to use a whole note!

Example: 3/4 time signature bar!

MuseScore fills the empty bars with whole note rests, always!

Up to my very limited musical knowledge, it is a mistake, because a 3/4 bar cannot be filled with a whole note (it exceeds the bar capacity). We can only use a half note plus dot rest to fill a 3/4 bar, because that is the largest rhythm figure we can put inside that kind of bar.

Maybe, some "new" international standard lets this way, today. I don't know.

BUT... To the old people (like me)... Is there some way to change this MuseScore behaviour? ???

Just an Idea.

Blessings and Greetings from Chile!!!



The rest that looks like a whole rest but is centered in the measure is called a measure rest. It has the same value as a measure, regardless of the measure's duration. It's commonly used to indicate a measure rest for measures from 2/4 to 6/4 and virtually all durations between including 6/8, 12/8 and other time signatures. I have seen the occasional exception, but this is normal.

To be clear, this is not a new standard, it's been this way for centuries. An empty measure gets a centered measure rest regardless of time signature. You shouldn't deviate from that standard without good reason. But if you do have some special need to, then indeed, you can enter rests yourself however you like.

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