Cross staff beaming

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In piano scores, it is common to use both staves (bass and treble clef) to write a musical phrase.

This can be entered in MuseScore as follows:

Enter all notes in one staff:
Beamed notes in upper staff

Ctrl+Shift⇑+ moves the selected note or chord to the next staff (Mac: +Shift⇑+.)
Selected note moved to lower staff

If you want to move the beam, double click the beam to show the handles. Drag the handles to adjust the layout.

See also

  • Bar line for cross-staff bar lines (i.e. grand staff).