Cross-staff notation

Updated 10 months ago

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. To start with, enter the notation in one staff. e.g.

    Beamed notes in upper staff

  2. Select a note and press Ctrl+Shift+/ (Mac: Cmd+Shift+/). This moves the selected note, and all other notes in the same voice, down (or up) to the other staff, e.g.

    Selected note moved to lower staff

    Note: It follows that if you want to ensure that notes remain on the same staff during the operation, they should be in a different voice to the one selected above.

  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 height:

    Selected note moved to lower staff

See also

  • Barlines: How to extend barlines over multiple staves.
  • Beams: How to adjust beam angle and height.

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