Note size in MuseScore 4

• Jun 16, 2023 - 10:51

How do I change the size of a note? I want to reduce it to 75% of the normal size.

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Select the note and in the Properties>Appearance panel you can either select "Cue size" which affects the notehead, stem and flags or select "Small notehead" which (as it says) affects only the notehead.

The sizes as %age of the normal size can be adjusted in Format>Style>Sizes. Default is 70%.

Hi, I am working out an arrangement of Scarlatti, a 17th century composer. I am using his original handwritten score, which only includes the melody and bass to be able to make an arrangement,

In that time, soloists performed pieces, improvising alternative parts within the melody. I am including a photo of what I mean from a book I found. In the jpg file, you can see in the photo that the alternative noteheads and stems are smaller and the basic melody noteheads and stems are normal sized.

I want to create this effect in my MuseScore version, but I cannot find out how to do this. I cannot find any pallette which deals with sizes of noteheads, let alone variable sizes within one part of one score.

I have MuseScore 4.1.1
Here is the foto of what I would like to be able to do.

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In reply to by SteveBlower

hi, Thanks, I was finally able to locate the various places to find this. (not all necessary things were in view; I had to click on view and find that).

Now can make individual notes smaller one by one. However, it was not possible to choose several notes in a measure and leave the other ones intact as to size when they came on the same beat. Is thee a special code for this? I tried using control and click on the ones I wanted to be smaller, but it then just let one note go and took the second one I clicked. Or chose ALL of the notes including the ones I want to keep normal sized.

So... the result works, but is cumbersome.

I thought a workaround might be ossia staff, but then...there would have to be more of it I think. The negative side of the ossia is that it takes up a lot of room on the page... For this reason I didn't delve into how to make ossia, even though there were more instructions of how to make it appear and disappear...

In reply to by jlp56

Your picture shows notes in two voices, normal size with stems up, probably in voice 1, and smaller notes with stems down, likely in voice 2.

There are a few different ways to get to your desired end point. I would do it this way.

  1. Enter the notes in their respective voices. If you are not familiar with how that works see
  2. Make a range selection including the notes you want to make small. (Click on the first note of the range and shift click on the last.)
  3. Eliminate the voice you do not want to make small from the selection using the selection filter. See
    You need to untick the voice with the notes you want to remain normal sized
  4. Make the notes small in the appearance tab.
  5. Re-tick the voice you deselected in step 3.


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