• Mar 25, 2022 - 13:29

I'm having a hard time (as in not finding) anything on entering rests. I want to put rests in over notes occasionally when I want to indicate an end time to a note. I can't find any info in the handbook dealing with anything other then full measure rests. It's a make or break situation for me on using this program.


Normal rest entry is covered as part of the note-entry handbook page:

To be able to enter them "over" notes, you'll likely need multiple voices during entry:

Although I'm not sure what you mean by "to indicate an end time to a note". Notes normally end when their duration is used up; no special rest markings/indications are required. Can you show an example of what you want to achieve? Then we can understand better and likely also show you some ways of how to achieve the same result within MuseScore.

In reply to by jeetee

There are times, particularly on stringed instruments, when you don't want a prior note(s) to ring through normal decay. Allowing this can result in disturbing clashes. In those cases writers use a rest to indicate a premature end to the note's ring. This can require a rest on top of a new note. An example might be the rests shown in Bach's Prelude in C- for lute where he wants to stop resonant overtones. Ex. the measure begins with a D but carries a sixteenth rest above. This is followed by three sixteenth notes D-G-B. The following sixteenth notes are played over top of a quarter rest to indicate that at least the original D is to be damped.

In reply to by jimerie

These are both simple cases of multiple voices, so the Handbook section referred to will definitely show you the way.

BTW, in the second example, the reason for the rests has nothing to do with where the notes are triplets or not. It's just showing that the second voice is resting during the pickup while the second voice plays those three sixteenths. Then starting with the first full measure, both voices are present, so you'll need to use multiple voices to enter those notes as well. The exact same techniques apply whether you are entering notes or rests into your multiple voices.

In reply to by Marc Sabatella

Yeah. There are a number of contexts in which to use those rests. I just didn't want to go through the list. My bottom line is that I just need to be able to get those suckers on the page. They also clarify that the three sixteenth notes following are not triplets. Those kinds of issues can be more clearly defined with the second voice rests. Thanks for the guidance.

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