There are different kinds of text objects in MuseScore; text may also be found incorporated into lines.
Different types of text-based objects are not interchangeable: They have distinct property fields that serves different purpose besides engraving or visual display. For example, a mp using Staff Text can never be configured to change playback loudness because it does not have the Velocity property, you must create a new Dynamics text which has the Velocity property if want the text to affect playback loudness.
Use the following chart to decide which type you need.
To check the type: select a text, its type is displayed on the status bar.
The word "playback" used below means in-program audio created by Synthesizer.
The following types are explored in this chapter. Read on to know how to create, format and edit them:
|Staff text||General purpose text attached to a single staff: appearing only in that instrument part. Can be setup to change playback sound samples, change playback to use capo transposition, or change playback to use Swing.|
|System text||General purpose text attached to a single staff: appearing in all instrument parts. Offer same function as Staff Text|
|Chord symbols||Display the chords associated with a melody: usually above the staff, provides chord playback (notes automatically decided).|
|Fingering||Numbers or letters attached to notes showing which fingers to use.|
|Lyrics||Create lyrics attached to a melody. Correctly engraved Melisma that automatically follow notes.|
|Rehearsal marks||Facilitate rehearsals, divide score into sections, bookmark passages etc.|
These types are explored in their respective chapters:
|Expression button on the Text Palette||It is a styled Staff text, same function (and limitation) as such.|
|Tempo marks||Change the playback tempo. Apply metronome and/or expression marks.|
|Dynamics||Change the playback loudness of a note or phrase.|
|Mid-staff sound (channel) change text||For example the pizz. button on the Text Palette. It is a pre-configured Staff Text that change playback sound samples.|
|Instrument text||Not to be confused with Mid-staff sound (channel) change text. Instrument text indicate that the musician should change instrument. Can be setup to change Instrument (MuseScore abstraction), or change playback sound samples.|
|Figured bass||Period notation for keyboarders.|
|Frame text||Title/composer/lyricist details at the start of a score; songsheet lyrics etc.|
|Headers/Footers||Page numbers, copyright info etc. at the top/bottom of a page.|
|Repeats and jumps||Da Capo, Dal segno, Fine etc.|
|Roman Numeral Analysis (RNA)||A chord analysis system.|
|Sticking||Letters (L and R) attached to (drum) notes showing which hand or foot to use.|
|Swing text||Change from straight to swing time, and vice versa.|
|Text-lines||Voltas, ottavas, pedal lines, guitar barre lines etc.|