automatic note deletion?

• Jun 20, 2021 - 14:22

When working with a multi staff piece, I will often enter a melody line, or accompaniment line and then go back to work on other instruments. I find inserting/deleting rests and notes to be cumbersome, but get through it okay.

However, I notice after fiddling with this process in one staff (instrument), notes and measures on other staves are altered in the process. Is there a way to prevent this?


Adding notes to one stave should not change anything on another stave, unless the staves have been created as "linked" (see That option is used where you want two different representations of the same notes, most commonly where you want TAB and standard notation for a guitar.

If you attach you score (.mscz file) here we can understand better what is happening and provide better advice.

Inserting and deleting rests and notes is generally not the most efficient way to enter notation. It is usually much easier to overwrite or copy and paste. Again, if you attach your score and explain exactly how and why you are inserting/deleting we can probably advise a better way to enter what you want.

In reply to by SteveBlower

So this is a result of a scanned file. The snip is from the original. the signature is 6/8, but obviously the measures do not consistently keep that time.

In the vocal part (top line), the first four notes need to be 8th and 16th notes like the screen capture.
Changing them inserts rests in between them, and if I delete the rests, it seems the corresponding beat in the piano are deleted as well.

In reply to by Clayton P. King

Ahhh! It has been converted from a pdf which explains a lot. Optical Music Recognition (OMR) is not yet very good. Simple, single lines with few textual markings from a crisp clear copy may work ok. Anything complex is likely to result in something that needs so much correction it is usually quicker to start from scratch and enter the notation directly rather than trying to clean up the mess the OMR has made.

Looking at the .mscz file you will see small + and - signs above some of the measures (see measures 43, 45, 49, 51 etc.). The + indicates there are more beats in the measure than are indicated by the time signature, the - indicates there are fewer beats than indicated by the time signature. Unfortunately, the OMR doesn't add the extra durations in the same place on each stave. This makes corrections complicated. You will also see that OMR has attached the Ped symbols to the voice stave and hasn't added any pedal lift indications. There may well be other mis-conversions that only a detailed comparison with the original will discover. I think this is one of those situations where it will be easier to start from scratch.

MuseScore's pdf import facility makes use of Audveris with its default settings via a web interface. It is possible to download Audveris and run it from your PC with non-default settings. Some users have had better success with that after playing with the settings but I have no experience myself.

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