6/8 time issue
OK - This sounds easy enough, but I have no clue how to get MuseScore to give me what I want. I would appreciate some help.
I'm working on a march that is in 6/8 time - standard stuff - 2 beats to a measure; dotted quarter gets the beat.
My problem are the rests. I started the composition, and Muse filled in all the blank measures with whole rests. That's cool. Now, I want to put a quarter note in the measure, for beat one (not a dotted quarter), so the remainder of the beat should be an eighth note rest, with a quarter note and eight note rest for beat two. (I suppose a dotted quarter rest coulod also be correct for beat 2, but its not what I want to see.)
What I get is the quarter note followed by a half rest. While correct from a counting aspect, it is not appropriate with the "two beat" feeling of the march tempo. I know I can go in and change the half rest to the correct sequence by keying in the eighth and quarter rests, but that's a lot of extra key strokes.
Is there a way to get MuseScore to see the 6/8 tempo as a 2 beat, and not a 6 beat rhythm, and fill in the rests as I prefer?
Before anyone asks, I have set the tempo marking to dotted quarter = 120. Playback seems to be correct - it feels like a march with 2 beats to the measure.
Thanks in advance.
PS - I just went back and looked at the rests again, and its worse than I thought. Adding a quarter note to a 6/8 measure, produces the half rest as noted above. Then, if I go into Note entry mode, and add an eighth rest, I get a second eight rest, and a quarter rest. That's backward from what I want - a typical march rhythm should have it the other way - quarter rest, then eighth rest. Mathematically its correct, but if you give that to a musician they'd go crazy.