Allow look-ahead while panning vertically during playback

• Mar 12, 2022 - 22:27
Reported version
P2 - Medium
S5 - Suggestion

Currently MuseScore repositions the view only the moment the cursor falls outside the view area. This means that you, as a player, have no score look-ahead if you're at the "bottom" system of the current viewport.

If MuseScore would reposition the view so you always at least see the current + next system if possible you'll end up with more total score repositioning, but should get a "smoother" play-along experience as the human player.

This would be useful Single Page View as well as in normal Page View if "Scroll Vertically" is enabled.


Great idea. That is a needed feature for people who naturally read ahead and want to practice during score playback, while reading from the screen.

I'd also like to see a score setting that advances the score (possibly by x beats or by % of current measure) before the onset of the next measure ... similar to how a musician reads ahead. The setting would be approximately equal to NextMeasureStartTimePoint - timeThatReaderLooksAhead to the next measure.

I'd like to see that setting in the PlayPanel and possibly in the main Toobar for easy access.

Without much thinking, wouldn't this be tit-for-tat? If two systems were shown at a time with the addition of what I understand the desired behavior to be of this suggestion, that means the playback would always be reading at the top system (until possibly the final system view), which means that the second system would become the first system most of the time, and so your eyes would have to get used to seeing the second system become the first system when finished reading the first system. I'm sure I'm not being thorough, but merely giving a quick opinion - I prefer to read to the end of a system without having anything jump or scroll until done with that system, I then expect to look down to read the second system which exists already when reading the first system, and I expect to look upwards when reading a second system at the bottom of the screen in anticipation of scrolling - though this is in no way an attempt to justify any current behavior.

Oh of course i was thinking about one system. That is one drumset.

Poor thinking on my part that multiple instruments could be visible, so look ahead wouldnt work. 🙃