Lyrics top margin representing distance from lowest note of staff in system
MuseScore's default "Lyrics top margin" setting is 2sp, meaning the top edge of lyrics will be placed two spaces under the staff. Most of the time, this 2sp setting will work, but if the voice line falls more than two spaces below the staff (treble clef low-A or lower) there will be a collision.
In practice, the solution is to move the offending lyrics down as needed, but it's awkward for the line to jump in vertical position mid-system, so typically all of the staff's lyrics in the system are moved down to accommodate.
MuseScore doesn't currently do this automatically. The user must do one of the following to remove the collision:
- Globally set the "Lyrics top margin" setting to something higher (creating unnecessary space where there are no collisions, especially in other vocal parts),
- Manually adjust the vertical positions of the colliding lyrics (creating an awkward mid-system vertical position change, not suitable for multiple lines, may also require manual spacing of staff below), or
- Manually adjust the vertical positions of colliding lyrics and the other lyrics in the system (best solution, though tedious, and system rearrangement will require redoing the correction).
I propose that there be an option to make lyric positioning relative to the staff's lowest note in its system, instead of to the bottom of the staff.