what advantage to multiple voices?

• Dec 3, 2022 - 19:06

What advantage is there to having drums and/or instruments in different voices in musescore?
Why can't all be in just one voice?
Don't they sound the same?


In the case of drums, it's easier to read in many cases if you can see the rhythms independently. So you can read the part for the hands separately from the feet. That's not a MuseScore thing - it's how drum notation works.

For instruments like piano or guitar, multiple voices are normally used only when it's not possible to notate it without them. Again, not some arbitrary limitation of MuseScore, it's just how music notation works. For instance, if you want one finger to sustain whole note while the other fingers play quarters, that's just not possible to notate without multiple voices.

I work with scores which contain multiple instruments in the same part, such as both first and second clarinets. In a particular measure, the first clarinet may be playing 4 eighth notes, while the second clarinet is playing half notes. Using two voices is the only way I have found to get it all in the same measure.
Is there a better way of doing this or is this question speaking of something else?

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