How do you spread a part over two staves

• May 3, 2024 - 19:28

I finally found how to delete staves. Now I have an imported piano part that is all on one staff. I can add another staff, but it doesn't automatically arrange itself over the two staves. How can I do this?
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In reply to by cadiz1

As I understand it, he wants to move the lower notes from the piano treble stave to the bass stave.
In MuS3 there is a split function, but as far as I know this is not (yet) implemented in MuS 4.

One way could be to make a split via Explode and Implode. However, it will hardly be possible to achieve a good result without reworking.

In reply to by HildeK

Correct. I already forgot how to add a staff. The Handbook says: To change one staff everywhere on a score change Staff type or template instead. Staff types and templates supported by Musescore are covered in Staff/Part properties chapter. When I search "add staff" there are at least 9 pages of topics/hyperlinks. Somehow Musescore 3 was more intuitive for me. I thought I would just select lower notes and paste them into the bass cleff, but I can't figure out how to add a staff and I want to make sure that added staff is actually the same 'track'.

A semi-automated way is to export the piano part to midi, drag the midi file into musescore, then copy and paste the separated staff (automatically put into a newly created score). The midi import seems to have a split function built in.

If you are a beginner, this may be difficult to follow but here is a more detailed version (hopefully sufficient).

File-export menu, select only the piano checkbox, format:midi, click checkbox ‘open destination folder on export’, then press export button. There will be a file called yourfile.mid (shown in the pop up folder).

I use drag and drop to get the file into musescore. Click and drag your new .mid file into a blank space on the current score. A brand new score will pop up. (It may be easier hot correct midi velocity right after popup. Info at bottom of post).

Click on original score. Create a new piano with treble and bass clef for the piano part that will be copied in.

Switch to midi piano part score. Treble and bass clef are separate. Copy and paste the midi notes from both staffs and put them into the empty staffs of the original score. (Note that copy and paste can copy both staves at the same time, if this is easier for you)

Compare visually. If it looks correct, save under a new file name for safety. Mute the original piano line and see if the separated piano staffs are correct.

Once you get the hang of it, it is fast and easy.

The imported notes may sound slightly louder. Slight midi import issue (bug). Velocity of imported notes is 80. Default is 64. If you group select imported notes, go to properties tab, click big playback button and change velocity to 64, those notes will be fixed. If it’s easier, fix the velocity in the midi file, before copy and paste between scores.

In reply to by DanielR

You can see in my first picture what the result was when importing MIDI. I can't find a setting where I can set a custom cutoff point at a specific pitch for MIDI import.
But the manual says:
This option is suited mainly for piano tracks - to assign notes to the left or right hand of the performer. It uses constant pitch separation (the user may choose the pitch via sub-options) or floating pitch separation (depending on the hand width - sort of a guess from the program point of view).
Maybe you have a hint where to find the sub-options?

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