Rehearsal marks

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For MuseScore 4 users, see Rehearsal marks.

    Rehearsal marks can be used in a number of ways:

    • To identify specific points in a score to facilitate rehearsing.
    • As bookmarks in the score to which you can instantly navigate—using the Find/Search command.
    • To mark the various sections in the score.

    Typically, rehearsal marks consist of one or more letters and/or numbers, and appear in sequence in the score—e.g. A, B, C…, or 1, 2, 3… etc. Alternatively, they may display measure numbers (usually larger than standard measure numbers, boldface and/or enclosed in boxes). Multimeasure rests are automatically broken before and after rehearsal marks.

    Rehearsal marks can be added to the score (i) automatically—which ensures that they are named in sequence—or (ii) manually, allowing you to name them as you wish.

    Add a rehearsal mark

    Manual Placement

    To create a rehearsal mark manually:

    1. Click on a note (or rest) at the desired location;
    2. Select one of the following options:
      • Press Ctrl+M (Mac: Cmd+M);
      • From the menu, choose AddTextRehearsal Mark;
    3. Enter the desired text.

    Automatic placement

    Add an alphanumeric rehearsal mark

    Use either of the following options:

    • Click on a note (or rest) at the desired location, then click the [B1] rehearsal mark icon in the "Text" palette (double-click in versions prior to 3.4).
    • Drag and drop the rehearsal mark from the "Text" palette onto the score.

    Notes: (1) By default, marks are added in the sequence, A, B, C etc. (2) To change the format of subsequently-added marks (to lower case letters, or numbers), edit the previous rehearsal mark accordingly. (3) Marks added between existing rehearsal marks append a number or letter to the previous mark: it is a good idea to apply the Resequence command afterwards (see below).

    Add a measure-number rehearsal mark
    1. Add the first rehearsal mark in the series as an alphabetical one; then edit it to read the same as the number of the measure it is attached to;
    2. Add subsequent marks as shown above. They will automatically adopt the measure-number format.

    Automatically resequence rehearsal marks

    MuseScore allows the user to automatically re-order a series of rehearsal marks if they have got out of sequence for any reason. Use the following method:

    1. Before making a selection, you can, if desired, establish a new format for the rehearsal marks (lower/upper case, number, or measure number) by manually altering the first mark in the range accordingly.
    2. Select the range of measures you wish to apply the Resequence command to (if there is no selection then the program assumes you wish to resequence all measures).
    3. From the menu, select ToolsResequence Rehearsal Marks.

    MuseScore automatically detects the sequence based on the first rehearsal mark in the selection—all rehearsal marks in the selection are then altered accordingly. The following sequences are possible:

    • A, B, C etc.
    • a, b, c etc.
    • Numerical: 1, 2, 3 etc.
    • Numerical: according to measure numbers. This requires the number of the first mark in the series to be equal to the number of the measure it is attached to.

    Text style

    Rehearsal marks are a variety of system text, appearing both on the score and on every part. By default, they are in a large bold font, and enclosed in frames. All aspects of their appearance can be changed globally via the rehearsal mark Text style.

    See Find (Viewing and navigation).

    See also

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