Starting with upbeat

• May 2, 2010 - 09:22

Hi everybody!
I just downloaded 0.9.5 for my Windows XP this week and have my first Q: I want to start my piano piece with an upbeat; for example in a 4/4 piece I want to start only with a quarter note (or two eigth notes) in the first bar (and probably eventually finish the piece with only three quarternotes). And also; how do I get rid of those annoying rests the the computer put in all the time?
Thank you for the help!


In reply to by kbundies

Thank you very much!
Sometimes, when you're new to something, even to find solutions in the instruction books can be difficult, but now I feel that I'm on the right track! BUT I still don't get rid of the breaks in every measure, is that possible?

In reply to by Seanote


voice 1 will have to fill up the bar (all note and rest values will add up to the time signature).
voice 2, 3 and 4 will do the same, but here you can delete parts of them (f.e. unwanted rests) by selecting and cutting them ("Cut" in Edit menu)

In reply to by kbundies

Ok, so if I ever will reach a stage where I want to print a finished piece; will those rests still be there in the first bar, on the page? It looks so easy in the manual...
I just managed to drag some rests out of the score, and placed them "on the paper"...But they're coming back!

In reply to by Seanote

I guess it depends on the circumstances. When you add notes they replace the rests. Maybe you can share an example of what you are trying to do? Another option available is to right-click on a rest and choose "Set Invisible". Invisible rests show as gray on the screen but do not print.

In reply to by David Bolton

Thank you again! To right-click on a rest and choose Invisible is great!
With the upbeat, or pickup thing; it must be possible to start with an upbeat in both the g- and f-clef...By clicking on Note-input and "turn it off" I found that it's possible to click, hold and drag out the breaks from the score and place them down on the paper (Tipp-Ex, anyone?). I really want to get rid of the breaks; if not it's like someone else is writing the music.
I guess the reason the breaks are there at all is to help people to get the right "number" in every meassure, but for me it makes it more difficult.

In reply to by Seanote

It is difficult to give advice without fully understanding what you are trying to do. You could attach a copy of your score to a comment below.

In most circumstances an upbeat will not have extra rests. If you are trying to remove rests from the upbeat it sounds like you didn't set it up correctly yet (see my instructions below).

I wouldn't recommend clicking and dragging rests if want you really want to do is make them invisible.

In reply to by Seanote

Seanote, if you think about it:
There must be a little difference between putting music onto a piece of paper and putting it into a notation application like Musescore (which also handles the playback of your input).
When you put music into MuseScore, it must be already "thinking" about the playback.
If MuseScore plays back your score, it has to know when to play a note and for how long to play it.
If one note has stopped playing the next note will be played, unless there is a rest in between. This rest also has to have a value, otherwise MuseScore will not know, how long to wait.
Conclusion: At least in one voice (=voice1) all spaces between the notes have to be filled up with rests - otherwise you will have a wrong playback.
If you like, you may hide rests, but they have to be there in the first place - so don’t get annoyed about them - this is a tiny difference to writing music onto paper :-)

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