How do you make rests and put a note at the end of a bar line?

• Dec 22, 2014 - 00:29

I am really upset because I can't seem to work this thing. What I am trying to do is put a note at the end of a bar after a bunch or rests. I found a way to do it, but it is really bad and messy. I would place my note on the bar, then I would cut it, click on the rest at the end and paste it, but of course it's not that simple, another rest appears after it, so i click on that rest and paste it, and another rest appears after that so I click on that rest and paste it and it works, but now I have a bunch of unclean rests everywhere, I've got two half beats, then a 1 beat, then 3 half beats when it should be a 2 beat a 1 beat and a half beat.


To enter rests, select duration, press "0". After entering the rests at the beginning of a measure, you can enter the note at the end. Kind of like pressing "space" a bunch of times to get the cursor to the right hand side of a text editor.

For more on how to enter notes and rests, see Note entry in the Handbook, and/or watch the tutorial videos on the main page of this site.

@Valencys...This is for your particular case: it appears you wish to enter an eighth note (quaver) as the last note in the measure. The score you referenced shows an eighth note for the very first lyric - 'We're' - which is at the end of the measure.
You have already stated: "it should be a 2 beat a 1 beat and a half beat". (Just like in the referenced score.)

So, you would click on the whole rest in an empty measure, then press N to enter note entry mode (the cursor will change). At this point you are at the beginning of the measure, so you really don't want your note at that position, right?
You say you want a 2 beat rest.
OK... press 6 (or click the half note icon on the note duration toolbar) - either way, if you look closely, the half note icon in the toolbar gets highlighted.

Press 0 (zero). This puts the half rest right where you want it - and moves the cursor to the (newly created) half rest which represents the final 2 beats of the measure - beats 3 & 4.
At this point you want a 1 beat rest - so press 5 (or click the quarter note icon on the note duration toolbar) and then enter a quarter rest by again pressing 0 (zero).

At the final beat #4, you say you want a half beat rest, followed by your melody note.
OK... press 4 (or click the eighth note icon), then press 0 (zero) to enter an eighth note rest; and, since the eighth note duration is already selected, just press the letter name of your note, 'A', (the first note of the melody) to enter an actual pitch.
(You can use Ctrl+up arrow or Ctrl+down arrow if MuseScore guesses a different octave from the one you want.)

You see, as Marc mentioned, rests (entering zero) are necessary in music, similar to entering spaces in a text editor. However, unlike a *single* text space, a musical space (rest) can vary in size (duration).

Other things to consider:
I noticed your referenced score is in a standard 'pop song' format - piano/chords/vocals.
For alto sax, if you enter all your notes in 'Concert Pitch', MuseScore will automatically transpose when you turn off 'Concert Pitch'.

Finally, to attach a file - when you create a forum post, click on 'File attachments' (displayed above the 'Save' and 'Preview' buttons). Then browse to your file. Also, attaching a MuseScore file is often the best way forward when you encounter a specific problem.

Regards, and welcome aboard.

In reply to by Jm6stringer

Wow! Thank you so much for all this information, your comment was really helpful!
I didn't know about concert pitch. Instead I just wrote the music how it was originally and clicked on Notes, then Transpose and changed it to D major.
I understand Marc's comment now, at first I didn't because I couldn't work out how to select duration, I didn't realise it was the notes at the top because I thought it'd be different for rests.
I ended up finding a way how to do what I wanted to do, but it wasn't very efficient, your comment is really helpful and comprehensive thank you, it will help me in the future! :)

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