• May 15, 2018 - 23:57

how do you get a certain note without it automatically changing to a tie


In reply to by MuseScore Composer

You asked:
what specific duration do you need to put in
It depends on how many notes and the total duration.
Employing trickery (such as changing measure duration) can be used to enhance playback.

On the other hand...
If you are not concerned with computer playback, you simply enter grace notes (both the before and after types) - with no need to mess with measure durations. This is good for viewing the score, or for printing (e.g. when you set the pages on a music stand and perform your own interpretation of the score).

Have a look/listen:
In that posted attachment...
The MuseScore notation uses palette grace notes - no trickery.
The Playback notation employs trickery (measure durations).

To see a measure's duration - right click on a measure and open 'Measure Properties..'
To see hidden rests, go to View -> Show Invisible

Back in the day when scores were entered with pencil and paper, playback was not an option. A human interpreted the score on a real instrument; or, while viewing the score, hummed it to himself.
Today, computers allow for playback, but they do not have the AI (artificial intelligence) to 'interpret' the score. That's why unique elements like ornaments, articulations, grace notes do not always sound 'human'.

Consider the "piano roll" display. When you compose, you're adding notes of some duration at definite points on the musical time-line. The piano roll shows this as lines of varying length at various positions on the roll. Meanwhile, the music-score display expresses this exact same thing as correct notation. The two views are interchangeable: both say exactly the same thing.

Now, let's say that, in a piece having 3/4 time, you put a four-beat note at the second beat of some measure. Since each measure is three beats long, this note overlaps the measure boundary. Musically, that would be written as a half-note (completing the first measure) tied to another half-note (occupying the first two beats of the next measure.) The notes and rests that appear in any measure always account for the number of beats in that measure – no more and no less. Nevertheless, it would be played as the single uninterrupted four-beat-long musical tone that it is.

In reply to by MuseScore Composer


I just looked closer at what is going on. There are grace notes before and after the main notes. Grace notes is a palette in the advanced workspace. This is what you need to use to get all of those extra notes entered.

If you look at the file Jm6stringer linked to, you should see the kinds of notes used. Click a note and look at the bottom left of the MuseScore screen and all of details are shown in the status bar.

The piano roll editor will be of very little use here.

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