Capo playback (MS 4.0.2 and before)

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    This page shows you how to apply Capo markings in MuseScore versions prior to MuseScore 4.1. See Applying capos for the new method of applying capos in MuseScore 4.1 and above.

    Adding a capo marking to your score (before MuseScore 4.1)

    MuseScore allows you to transpose the playback of a staff without changing the music notation (written pitch). This simulates the effect of a capo on a guitar (or other stringed instrument).

    Adding a capo to a single staff

    1. Add staff text to the note/rest from which you want capo playback to start;
    2. Open the Staff text properties dialog.
    3. Click on the Capo Settings tab;
    4. Check the “Capo Settings” checkbox, and set "Capo fret" to the fret number you wish to apply the capo at (each fret increases the pitch by a semitone);
    5. Click OK to apply your changes;
    6. Edit the wording of the text as desired.

    Adding a capo to a staff / tablature pair

    Use one of the following:

    • If linked, add the capo to the standard staff—not the tablature.
    • If unlinked, add the capo to both staves.

    Note: Any capo playback settings apply until overridden by a subsequent Staff text with “Capo Settings” enabled.

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