For MuseScore 3 users, see Slurs
A slur is a curved line between two or more notes that indicates they are to be played without separation. If you mean to join two notes of the same pitch, see Tie
- Leave note entry
and select the first note:
- S creates a slur:
- Shift⇑+→ moves the slur end to the next note:
- X flips the slur direction:
- Esc ends Slur Edit mode:
- Leave note entry and select the first note.
- Ctrl-select (resp. ⌘-select on a Mac) or Shift⇑-select the last note.
- Hit S.
- While in note entry key in the first note in the slurred section.
- Hit S to begin the slurred section.
- Key in the remaining notes in the slurred section.
- Hit S to end the slurred section.
The boxes or handles (displayed in the images for steps 2-4 above) can be adjusted with the mouse. The two outer handles adjust the start and end of the slur. The two inner handles adjust the contour of the slur.
A slur can span several systems and pages. The start and end of a slur is anchored to a note/chord or rest. If the notes are repositioned due to changes in the layout, stretch or style, the slur also moves and adjusts in size.
This example shows a slur that spans from the bass to the treble clef. Using the mouse, select the first note of the slur, hold down the Ctrl key (resp. ⌘ key on a Mac) and select the last note for the slur, and press S to add the slur.
Note: It is not possible to change the start and end anchor notes using the mouse. Use Shift⇑ + ← or → to adjust the start and end points of a slur.
Dotted slurs are sometimes used in songs where the presence of a slur varies between stanzas. Dotted slurs are also used to indicate an editor's suggestion (as opposed to the composers original markings). To change an existing slur into a dotted slur, right-click on it and choose Slur Properties.... From the Slur Properties dialog, you can choose whether you want a solid or a dotted slur.
X flips the direction of a selected slur.