Volta specific to one Stave

• Mar 28, 2015 - 20:16

I am an intermediate with MuseScore, but a beginner with musical notation. I have 4 staves: Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass. I want the Sopranos/Altos to sing the first verse, then the Tenors/Basses to sing the second verse - and I want it to play correctly on each verse. I tried attaching a Volta, but it would only anchor to the top Stave (Soprano). Is it possible to attach a Volta to a specific Stave; or is there a better/different way to do this?



What you are describing is not really standard notation. The music needs to line up vertically, so everyone is in the same place at the same time. If you want the soprano and alto staves to containing the music the first time but the tenor and bass the second time, you need to simply write it out twice.

That said, occasionally to save space you will see music written where everyone has the melody with a repeat sign but words to the effect of "sopranos and altos first time only, tenors and basses second time only" printed as well. This isn't really recommended practice though. You can certainly enter that text in MuseScore, but if you want it to playback correctly, you should not use this technique; just write out out twice.

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