What's the difference between "Add Staff" and "Add Linked Staff"

• Mar 6, 2015 - 00:57

When adding a part to a score and you want the part to have more than one staff, what is the difference between "Add Staff" and "Add Linked Staff"?



Add Staff = a staff within the instrument entry (e.g. treble, bass) - this seems to be what you want.
Add Linked Staff = a staff that will more-or-less emulate the one you linked to (e.g. same content).

Specifically, the only real purpose of linked staves is to allow you to have two staves for guitar & similar instruments where one is standard notation, the other tab, and everything you enter onto one staff is automatically reflected in the other.

I am sure someone has or will come up with some other interesting / creative use for them, but right now, that's really the point.

In reply to by Marc Sabatella

Hi, I'd like to have two staves linked for ukulele notation: one in five-line treble and the other in tab. However if I single-click on Ukulele [Tablature] and click Add Linked Stave, I get another treble stave.

Is it possible to have two linked staves, one tab and one five-line? 2.1.0.


In reply to by musicalsam

"If I single-click on Ukulele [Tablature] and click Add Linked Stave, I get another treble stave."

1 )Not exactly. You get another Tab staff. You can change the staff type by choosing Standard in the dropdown list, if it's your wish?

2) And by adding a standard staff for Ukulele, and clicking Add Linked staff, you get another standard staff. And so, you have to change the staff type (in the dropdown list): See:

  • Second Template (Standard first): Template Uke Standard and Tab linked.mscz
    (you can of course receive this display with the first Template, by going in the Instruments Dialog, shortcut "I", and by changing the order of the staves with the straight arrow )

In reply to by AndreasKågedal

Not only.
For same-transposing instruments the issue (notation-wise) is way less, as all you need to do just play the same notation.. There is nothing to change.

(Yes, I get that for a good conductor score you'll want those as well; but then chances are very big that those instruments won't be "unisono" for an entire piece)

In reply to by jeetee

One example use case would be when preparing alternative parts. An arranger for youth orchestra might want to have a part for clarinet in A as a preference (e.g a simplified transcription of Hebrides Overture). However, young players may not own an A clarinet and therefore the arranger would probably want to also include an alternative part transposed for Bb clarinet. Having linked staffs with different transpositions for A and Bb clarinet would simplify things as the notes would need to be entered only once and any future edits would keep in step.

Has anyone ever suggested using a linked staff to build chords out of multiple staves? I took a class last spring in big band jazz composition and our professor taught us to implode staves to check the chords we are producing. I currently do this manually by adding staves and periodically imploding, copying the result, undoing the implode, and then pasting the copied result into the extra stave.

It would be extremely useful if MuseScore could do something like that and it seems like the linked staff would be one way to do this.

In reply to by andyfugate

Can you explain in more detail what you are needing to do that the "implode" command does not already do? I'm not understanding all those extra steps you are describing. If the goal is just to check your work, why not not simply implode in place, check your work, then undo?

Whenever I want to add a linked staff and want to change the clef, I drag and drop the clef, but that also changes the staff above it. Is there a way to fix this?

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