Cross-staff notation

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In piano scores, it is common to write a musical phrase extending across both staves—bass and treble. This can be entered in MuseScore as follows:

  1. Enter the notation in one staff to begin with. e.g.

    Beamed notes in upper staff

  2. Select a note and press Ctrl+Shift + ↓/↑ (Mac: +Shift + ↓/↑). This moves all the notes in that voice down/up to the other staff. e.g.

    Selected note moved to lower staff

    Note: If you only want to move certain notes in a chord you need to ensure that they are in a separate voice.

  3. To adjust the beam, double-click it to show the handles. Use the keyboard arrows or drag the handles to change the beam angle and position:

    Selected note moved to lower staff

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