Playback quietens despite no dynamics

• Oct 5, 2021 - 16:15

I've just uploaded Bach Up To Me by Fats Waller to

Both in Musescore 3.6.2 and on there is an apparent shift in dynamics between measures 80 and 81 on the 4th page.
The playback becomes less forte to my ears despite no visible dynamics being applied to measure 81
The "Velocity Type" and "Velocity" properties of all the notes are Offset and 0 respectively for the whole piece.
Adding a forte symbol or even fortissimo to bar 81 does not counter the problem.
The issue disappears if I select all dynamics and remove them, but then reoccurs if I reinstate the dynamics manually one by one.

Is there something like a hidden hairpin at play? On scanning the piece the accents were all interpreted as hairpins!

The sheet music was created from a scanned PDF via
I did it one PDF page at a time and this is the raw 4th page:

OS: KDE Flatpak runtime, Arch.: x86_64, MuseScore version (64-bit): 3.6.2, revision: github-musescore-musescore-


  1. Switch to Continuous View (if not, the next step will likely lead to a crash)
  2. Look at the start of m81; there is a decrescendo overlapping the accent mark
  3. Select it and delete it.

In reply to by jeetee

@jeetee That's it! Thanks for the quick response.
But why is it not visible? If I colour it red while in Continuous View then return to Page View it remains invisible.

I see in the raw scanned file Bach-Up-to-Me_Page_4.mscz file that this hairpin was already hidden but not marked to be not visible. When I tidied up the score and highlighted all the hairpins with Select All Similar Elements this one hairpin did not delete as it was not selected despite its existence.

I've now managed to find a few more of these hidden hairpins so have removed them too.

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