Theory and Musescore

• Apr 30, 2020 - 21:54

I enjoy working with Musescore, but at times its automation features seem to get in the way and I'd like to turn them off, especially when I'm trying to mimic a score exactly as printed that's somewhat unusual in that it doesn't precisely follow music theory.

I've tried unchecking any feature that seems to relate to Musescore adjusting or inserting entries according to it's own rules.

To illustrate, the measures in the EG1 display are from the purchased music score. EG2 is how Musescore interprets my attempt at entry.

The time signature is 9/8.

The contrast between the two are: EG2 has spurious rests (both visible and invisible) inserted where not wanted, beat count tied to time signature (in truth I don't understand EG1 not following this) and irresolvable differences in note beam structure.

My guess is these are all somewhat related but I have no idea how to remedy them.

Of course, my question is, is there a remedy?

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EG1.pdf 1.34 MB
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It's easier to help if you attach your actual score, not just a picture. But in general, you need to understand how the multiple voices work in the music your are entering in order to understand how to enter them. You also need to be sure to pay attention to how the tuplets are actually structured. Then you generally won't need or indeed want to disable anything - things will work as expected. In order to understand what you might have gotten wrong, again, we'd need you to attach the score itself. As it is, I think you probably entered the duplets incorrectly, but I can't be 100% sure.

In reply to by Dicki

It is not a problem to post something like that here, but if you’re worried, you can delete everything but the measures with the problem.

Anyhow, it definitely works when you enter it correctly, and I’ve actually done my own arrangement of that piece so I’m pretty familiar with the issues involved with it. Everything adds up as it should (unless there is a typo is the arrangement you are copying), bit you do have to get the tuers correct. One or two places you might want to hide a rest.

I think one problem is that when creating the duplet you apparently started from a 1/4 note, but you should have started from a 1/4 dotted note (i.e. 3/8 actual duration), so that two 1/8 notes occupy the place of three 1/8 notes.
I also think that in the third measure the groups of two notes are actually duplets as well (two 1/8 notes in the place of three 1/8 notes), but the "2" sign was left out. Or maybe it is a shorter measure (maybe the last measure, or the last measure of a repeat, in a score starting with a 1/8 pick-up measure).
See the attachment as a possible way to insert these notes.

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