Navigate to the handbook page for Musescore 2: Voices
Voices allow you to have notes on a single staff which start at the same time, yet have different durations. Voices are sometimes called 'layers' in other notation software.
- Start by entering the top voice (all the up-stem notes). When you enter the notes, some may have down-stems. You do not need to worry about the stem direction at this point, because they will flip automatically when you add the second voice.
- If you are using a computer or MIDI keyboard to enter notes (instead of the mouse), use the ← key to move your cursor back to the beginning of the staff (or measure)
- Click on "Voice 2" button
- Enter all the bottom voice notes (all the down-stem notes). When you are finished, it should look like this:
When to use voices
- If you need stems pointing in opposite directions within a chord on a single staff
- If you need notes of different durations within a single staff, played simultaneously
Hidden spacer rests
Only the rests of voices 2/3/4 can be deleted, not those of the main voice (1 - blue), they can be only hidden.
To hide a rest, right-click on the rest and select Set Invisible. If you have Display → Show Invisible marked, the rest still shows in gray on your screen. The hidden rest will not appear if you print.