populate measure numbers into rehearsal marks

• Aug 18, 2022 - 18:45

Is there a way I can create rehearsal marks on every measure and put the measure numbers into the rehearsal marks, all in one fell swoop, without having to CTRL-M on every measure?


The above - changing the style of measure numbers to have rectangular frames just like rehearsal marks do - is the best way indeed. But for the record, MuseScore can automatically sequence rehearsal marks and place measure numbers in them. I don't recommend this approach because it will "lock in" the numbering even if you add or delete measures, plus it's more work than just customizing the style setting - especially because the style setting can be done one and then saved as part of a template for future reuse.

To use the more-than-necessary-but-kind-of-interesting-to-know-about-anyhow method, try the following:

1) write your score, be sure you're done adding or removing measures
2) select first measure of top staff
3) Ctrl+Shift+End (aka Ctrl+Shift+Fn+Right if your keyboard lacks an End key) to select to end of score
4) click the rehearsal mark element in the Text palette

This inserts rehearsal marks on every measure, using letters, all done sequentially.

Niow, double-click the first one to edit it, replacing the text with the number 1 - or whatever the first measure of your score is actually numbered. Now,

1) Ctrl+A to select all
2) Tools / Requence Rehearsal Marks

MuseScore will recognize based on that first rehearsal mark that you actually want them numbered according to the measures (it seems a number that matches the actual measure number), and resequences them all accordingly.

Again, not at all the best way to do what you are doing here, but knowing about the resequence rehearsal marks command can be useful in other situations as well.

In reply to by Marc Sabatella

If I follow your instructions, unfortunately this picture results:
It works only on an empty score as required.
One way could be:
- select all and cut it (Windows: Ctrl-X)
- do your instructions
- paste all back - it should be still in the paste buffer. Do no other copy actions during this action!

On the other hand, if you insert or delete a measure later, you can again use Resequence Rehearsal Marks to repair it.
[Edit: typo repair]

In reply to by Marc Sabatella

Here is my real issue: in the MuseScore.com score playback, I want to set playback loops. But I need to specify START and END measure numbers. Hmm. Here is an example. I intend this example to be the second movement in a multi-movement suite, where the first movement was 16 bars long. This second movement begins on measure 17.

The BLACK numbers in italics are the actual measure numbers as the crow flies. They match the measure numbers in all the other chorister’s octavo booklets.

The RED numbers in rehearsal mark squares are my annotations that I figured out by observation. They are the relative numbers that I need use in the MuseScore.com playback’s loop START and END measure numbers.

For example, if I want to set a loop from bar 21 through bar 22, then I actually need to specify 6 and 7 as the START and END measure numbers, not 21 and 22.

I will tell the choristers: if you want to use the MuseScore.com playback to help you learn and memorize your parts, and if you want to set loops, then use the RED numbers, not the BLACK numbers.


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In reply to by Gene Gaunt

Maybe I'm missing somethng, but why use measure numbers at all? To set loop points, just select the range directly. you don't have ton know a measure number - literally click the first measure, shift+click the last, hit play, and it loops (assuming you've turned on loop playback to begin with).

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