"+" Time Signatures, Possible??

• Jun 1, 2019 - 07:29

Have been writing a score that switches from 6/8, to 6/8, and then to 5/8, in repeated succession. Not sure what it is called, but I have seen, for example, "2/4 + 4/4 + 3/4" as a time signature to indicate that this sequence of time measures are repeated, in other pieces. Wondering if this is possible in MuseScore.
Thanks in advance!!!


You can't have one time signature control several different time signatures, that is you cannot make the measure lengths to 2/4, 4/4, 3/4, 2/4, 3/4... with one time signature. You will have to manually fix each measure in some manner.

In 3.1 the easiest way is to use a 4/4 time signature and change the displayed time signature explained in the link Shoichi provided. Notice the displayed time signature is quite limited, you may be better off creating one using symbols, using the image capture tool and pasting it on top of your actual time signature.

To manage the measures, you will need to remove beats from the measures. For every 3/4 measure, make a 1/4 rest, select it and press ctrl+delete, for every 2/4 measure make a 1/2 rest, select it and press ctrl+delete. As you delete these rests, a Blue minus sign will appear above the measure. This won't print but it alerts you that you have shortened the measure (a really cool tool in my opinion). BTW, you can either remove the rests before or after you enter the notes. Even if you slur some notes from the 2/4 measure to the 4/4 measure, just end the 2/4 measure with a 1/2 rest in the middle of the slur, then you can go back, select the rest and press ctrl+delete and your slur will remain in tact.

Finally, when you create your time signature, you will need to keep in mind the beaming will be whatever you set from the start of the measure to where it ends. You can't get rid of the 3 beat's quarter rest to make a 3/4 measure and expect MuseScore to beam like you deleted those notes, it will still beam the first 3 beats of the measure.

One more question you are probably asking about now, "Can you copy these three measures and paste them?" The answer is no. MuseScore maintains the duration of the paste to measures and you cannot copy time signatures.

I realize you have only given me an example, and I have used the same example in hopes that it will help you with whatever complex time signature you are creating.

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