cross-staff beaming affects positioning of multiple voices on same staff

• Oct 16, 2020 - 02:26

If I have a figure in eighth-notes that shares its first pitch with a half-note in another voice, MuseScore automatically positions the two notes (one filled and one open) so that they don't overlap. But as soon as I move one or more of the eighth-notes to another staff, the positioning changes so that the filled notehead and the open notehead overlap. As a result, the half-note looks like a quarter-note.

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I'm running the following version: OS: Windows 10 (10.0), Arch.: x86_64, MuseScore version (64-bit):, revision: 20414b2

I wanted to try this with the latest nightly build, but it won't run for me, complaining that it can't find a DLL.

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Interesting. I hadn't run into this bug before. You have two options on how to fix this, both are quite acceptable in piano music. You can make the 8th notes invisible so the notes share noteheads and the1/2 notes will still look like 1/2 notes rather than 1/4 notes with missing rests in the voice. The other way is to select the 1/2 notes and move them about 1.5 spaces in the negative direction so they will not be on top of the 8th notes.

I would appreciate it if you enter this as a bug in the issue tracker at Someone will take a look at the issue and adjust it if needed.

In reply to by mike320

Thanks. I was able to work around it, taking the latter approach, since I was trying to reproduce the look of an existing score. Fortunately, in the score I was transcribing, this particular figure only occurs a couple of times. I can imagine what a pain this would be to deal with in a score where it happened a lot.

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