Difference bar lines for different parts

• Apr 24, 2016 - 18:07

I am creating a simple Voice and Piano score. In the lead-in there is vamp where the piano repeats, however the voice has no notes. The vocal staff uses double bars and the piano uses repeats.

Example score with same format:

I searched both forum and book, as well as tried different key combinations, but if I put a new barline on any staff it replaces it across all staves. I looked at the element properties to reset the look, when it is a repeat it does not allow selection a double bar, and vice-versa.

Any suggestions would be appreciated.



This was just a careless error in the original edition, I think. There is no reason not to use repeats on all staves here, in fact, it's wrong not to (the person following the voice part won't realize the other part repeated!)

In reply to by Marc Sabatella

The scores I am looking at are from the early 1900's and this usage was apparently pretty common, particularly in the voice and piano combo parts. I am referencing classic ragtime era song books which included both the piano and vocal parts in the same song book. I could show you nearly a dozen examples in PDF's, using this style so I don't think it was a careless error. Not a critical issue, just trying to see if I could replicate the original look.

BTW, really appreciate your book. It has been very helpful.


Hi all,
I'm having a minor problem inputting a note. I want to add a whole note exactly as it is on the left side of the picture (without a bar). But in MuseScore, all I can do is like it's on the right side of the picture. Please help me :)

In reply to by rkhirst

I also have a similar bar-line question.

I have a piece with a Fine at the end of a phrase. The first time, you pass through to the next measure. Second time around, stop. But the final measure is played differently the second time.
1st/2nd ending would be confusing because there’s no repeat. I set up the last measure as an Ossia, so the final ending is a cutaway above the staff.
How do I make the original and ossia have different bar lines? Ordinary barline in the main part, final in the Ossia (Fine)?

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