I'd like to see a Pitch Range note selection filter

• Sep 9, 2020 - 07:50

I haven't yet found a feature in MuseScore that allows me to select all notes in a specified pitch range.

I did find Musescore's Select Notes dialog, invoked by Right click>Select>More…

And indeed this is useful for selecting all notes of a specific pitch.:

         MuseScore-Select Notes Dialog-Same Pitch.png
However, hope Musescore has something like Overture's Note Filter dialog where it's possible to select all notes in specified pitch range, throughout the entire score, or within the existing selection:

         Overture-Note Filter-Pitch range.png

If selection by pitch range doesn't exist in Musescore please consider this a request.

Thanks for considering!



I've seen this request before and think it makes sense. Select "same pitch" after all is just a range from start-end with both at the same value.

As a possible workaround for now (depending on the need for that selection) you might abuse the split staff command twice; once as a high pass filter, and once more as a low pass and work from there.
This method of course only applies in a subset of scenarios in which the pitch-range-select otherwise would be useful.

In reply to by jeetee

Thanks jeetee,

Glad to know that a Note-range filter request has appeared previously on the forum. In Overture (by Sonic Scores) the Note Filter has proved helpful in many situations.

For now I'll look into MuseScore's Split Staff command, and try high and pass filtering.

BTW, Overture has some extraordinarily well designed options. Here's the upper half of Overture's Note Filter dialog (the dialog's lower half is for selecting notes based on the rhythmic position; unfortunately it is not an ideal design so I've omitted it):

       Note Filter (Upper half) - Overture.png


In reply to by scorster

I don't really get the difference/use for having both the duration (likely in MIDI ticks?) and note head selections. Especially since the latter seems to not be a note head selection at all, but rather a written notation duration selection.

Does the articulations selection filter the selection to chords having those articulations applied? Or does it select those articulations only?

In reply to by jeetee

Hi, jeetee,

For what it's worth (and you may well know this), in Overture, duration refers to playback time, and does not correspond to note time value (notehead type) (as it does in MuseScore and MusicXML).

Now why one would want to filter on playback time I can't quite imagine, so your point is well taken!

Best regards,


In reply to by jeetee

> I don't really get the difference/use for having both the duration (likely in MIDI ticks?) and note head selections.

  • in Overture Note Filter>Note Heads selects notes scores based on their face value alone. (Overture has a nice facilities for making the time values considerably longer or shorter the the face value, while preserving the face value.
  • My hunch is that Note Filter>Duration selects notes base on their duration (End time - Start time), but I've never tested that out.

To date—with just three weeks of MuseScore under my belt—I've made all my selections using:

  • measure selections (by clicking any white space in a measure)
  • range selections (via shift-clicking notes or measures)
  • discontiguous selections (i.e. Ctrl/Cmd-click). I've heard these referred to as List selections)

I'd never discovered marquee selection in MuseScore, and I've alway been surprised by that. So today I searched for the forum for "MuseScore marquee selection" and that led me to the handbook/

Turns out the marquee selection exists but it's called Drag Select in MuseScore parlance. NOTE: What a wonderful world if the default for drag-select was drag; and if shift-drag was for dragging the score in the viewport. If so, I'd have instantly discovered Drag-selecting, aka, marquee selecting. A worthy preference toggle! Perhaps a design discussion for another time.)

So now I understand that I can Drag Select using a Shift-drag gesture. Wonderful!!!

AND Drag/Marquee selection readily serves as a graphical pitch range selection tool. So I was ready to conclude that I really don't need a pitch-range filter!

BUT it seems—as with Shift-clicking—Musescore deems the selection a range selection:

  • it displays the selection rectangle rather than a "list" of selected notes
  • AND the Inspector collapses.

BUT I need the inspector open for my next step: to alter the properties of the selected notes. I can't do that when it's collapsed.

Is there a way to drag select without invoking a range selection? Thus leaving the Inspector usable?

Regardless, in general, I'd like to be able to transform any range selection into a discontiguous/list selection. I thought I might be able to use the selection filter to achieve that goal, but have not found a way.

So I'm very close to a pitch-range selection solution ... but stymied by drag selections being range selections.


In reply to by scorster

The use of shift to select something is quite universal though, so I'm not so sure that changing that modifier key just for drag selection only makes a lot of sense.

You can turn any range selection into a list selection using the filter buttons at the bottom of the inspector; which will then allow you to make those alterations you were looking for.

In reply to by jeetee


Thank you so much!! I probably wouldn't have noticed that little strip near the bottom of the collapsed Inspector.

Indeed when I've made a "Range selection" the Inspector shows a single subpanel entitled Element Group. Simultanteouly it places a few buttons along the Inspector's bottom edge:

        Musescore Inspector-Element-Bottom row of buttons.png

When I click THE Notes button MuseScore converts the range selection to a list selection, just as you said. (Funny side comment: I was going to suggest adding a "Notes-only" button to the Selection Filter! And maybe that's still a good idea. First I'd had already found it, second, I don't think it hurts to have the same option available in different locations.)

Going forward, once I've select a pitch-range via Shift-Drag—thanks to your advice—I can modify properties of the selected notes if I first transform the shift-dragged selection "Range selection" into a "List selection." I just press the Notes button.

This greatly supports my goal of easily creating scordatura notation in MuseScore. Much appreciated!


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