By default, MuseScore beams notes according to settings in the Time signature properties dialog. To change this automatic pattern of note-beaming, see Beam groups.
You can override the default beaming of any individual note, using beam symbols in the Beam Properties palette, or in the Beam tab of the Properties toolbar. Hover over the icons for more info on what each one does.
To change one or more note beams use one of the following methods:
The following table describes the effect of each beam symbol:
|Auto Beam||Apply default beaming as determined by the current time signature (see above).|
|No beam||Break beams before and after the selected note.|
|Break beam left||If the note is beamed to a previous note, break the beam.|
|Break inner beams (eighth)||Start a second level beam at this note.|
|Break inner beams (sixteenth)||Start a third level beam at this note.|
|Join beams||Join beams on both sides of the note.|
|Add feathered beam: decelerate||Start feathered beam to indicate gradually slower tempo.|
|Add feathered beam: accelerate||Start feathered beam to indicate gradually faster tempo.|
Note: The beam between two notes/rests is determined by both of the note/rests. For example: Two consecutive notes with a status of start beam here will not have a beam between them. If the two consecutive notes are set up to connect to each other they will beam, if one of them is not set up for this, the two notes will not beam.
To create feathered beams use one of the following methods:
Please note that only beams with two or more components (i.e. 16th notes or shorter) can become feathered.
See the table above for a description of the beam symbol effects.
Properties specific to beams can be edited from the Beam tab of the Note section in the Properties panel:
Beam types: Alter the beaming pattern at selected notes.
Feather beams: Ditto.
Force horizontal: Make beams of selected notes horizontal.
Beam height: Adjust height and angle of beams.
Editing of these properties is covered in the sections above.
A few global properties of beams can be set from Format→Style→Beams:
Beam distance: The vertical distance from one beam to the next.
Broken beam minimum length
Flatten all beams: Check to make all note beams horizontal, regardless of context.