How to play left hand and right hand separately?

• Feb 21, 2023 - 16:46

Hello community,
I am wondering if it is possible to play bass or trebble clef separately?
Was trying to find similar thread, but did not succeed. If I double it - I am sorry.
Thanks in advance for the reply.



In reply to by Shoichi

I have one more question - cannot figur it out so far.
Is it possible to show the keyboard and when playing the notes to see then exactly on the keyboard?
When I use keyboard is the view menu it show off, but when pleaying the piece nothing is shown on the keyboard. So wondering how to link the notes to the keyboard...

In reply to by splochi

Sorry to butt in but I have the same question and I don't understand how you solved the problem. Could you explain what you did? The example file doesn't show piano names but they appear in the mixer where they can be selectively muted. How is this done?

I can't find any way to attach piano names (piano 1, piano 2 etc) to existing two part (left and right hand) staves.

In reply to by brianejsmith

play bass or trebble clef separately?
I inserted two Pianos (image 1);
I opened Properties (F8), selected the left hand in the dialog box and deleted it by clicking on the trash can (figure 2);
I repeated the passage for the right hand in Piano 2;
From the palette I added the Bracket and adjusted it.
If you don't want Piano 1 and Piano 2 to appear click and Delete.

Using two Pianos and hiding the empty Staves you can get the attached PDF (generated with 2.3.2)

In reply to by Shoichi

Thanks for replying, it's good of you to take the trouble. I was hoping for a more elegant solution along the lines of the introduction of two new voices or instruments; namely Piano RH and Piano LH.

With these additions, existing scores could be played "as they are" without having to edit and save them in different formats. A simple to implement and a very pleasing, consonant solution?

In reply to by brianejsmith

You wrote:
I have an existing piano score I want to play right and left hand separately (for practice).

Another approach is to select all the notes in a staff and untick "Play" in the Properties tab.
So, for example, select the first measure of the bass clef then hold down Ctrl + Shift + End to select the entire bass clef staff. Untick "Play" and you will hear only the treble staff play.

In reply to by Jm6stringer

Thank you. This is absolutely perfect. MuseScore strikes again. It never lets me down.

(There are lots of requests on the Forum for this feature. It might be worth the MuseScore team considering including a specific note in the handbook about it. It's such a valuable piece of functionality for piano students.)

In reply to by Shoichi

I'm afraid I tried to follow your instructions, but it does not work for me.
First, duplicating the piano brings up an empty Piano.
Second, no matter how I try I cannot copy and paste the notes from Piano 1 into Piano 2.
Also F8 Properties, does not show any way to select L or R hand.
Using the Instrument Panel, only allows me to make Treble or Bass visible or not visible - still no way to select either for Copy and Paste.
I appreciate your help, but unfortunately, it is as if we are using two different versions of the program.

Another person's help, also does not work for me - I find no way to select only the Treble or Bass so that I can mute on or the other. The "Eye" icon appears only to make things visible or not, but does not allow selection for Copy, Paste or Muting.

You could try using two physical keyboards/controllers, LH on the 1st, RH on the 2nd. Within MuseScore, assign the LH and RH as separate instruments, just delete the opposite hand from each

i.e. RH Instrument 1, LH instrument 2.

I don't know whether MuseScore supports multichannel MIDI input, but if it does, this method can often work well.

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