Entering notes at later points in bars

• Oct 26, 2022 - 11:53

Hi all,

I've been testing out Musescore 4 Beta. It's very good.

One thing that I have been wanting Musescore to change but hasn't been changed is the note input mode. As of current, notes are entered from left to right. Rests act as a brick wall - it is not possible to place a note at a point within a rest. That is to say, if I wanted to enter a quaver on the 3rd crotchet beat of the bar (by default occupied by a semi-breve rest), with the rest of the bar before it as rests, I would have to manually enter two crotchet rests before entering my quaver. This is a pain, especially when using a mouse and keyboard.

Other applications, such as Dorico, handle this perfectly. When in "Input" mode in Dorico, a scale appears above the bar, showing the beats of the bar. A note can then be inputted at any point on this scale. This shaves a LOT of time off composing.

This has been raised before, namely in this thread: https://musescore.org/en/node/324507

Is there any chance of this feature being introduced into Musescore? The default note entry mode could stay the same even, with my proposed mode of entry merely being an option.



In reply to by olifitz910

I, too, would love to be able to enter a note later in a measure in one action. The standard answer is that music works left to right. I get it. But consider this. I want to enter a note on beat for of an empty measure. As it is, because music works left to right, I have to fiddle with rests on the first three beats in order to enter my note. But in this empty measure, there is already a rest on the first three beats. It just happens to include beat four. And it's not just about rests. Let's say I have a whole note in a four beat measure. But later I want to put a quarter note on beat four. Now I have to change the whole note to a dotted half before I can add the quarter note. Easy enough to do. But I'd rather just add the quarter on beat four. Sibelius has an even easier way to do this than Dorico. Granted, this is for mouse input, but mousers need all the help they can get.

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