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 all notes in one staff:

    Beamed notes in upper staff

  2. Ctrl+Shift+ moves the selected note, or chord to the next staff (Mac: +Shift+):

    Selected note moved to lower staff

    Note : this moves the whole chord, not just a single note from a multi note chord. If you need notes in the old staff at the same place, use voices.

  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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