Standard music notation normally follows a set of conventions designed to facilitate the reading of rhythm. The basic idea is to group notes in ways that clarify which notes belong to which beat. Rules include:
- sixteenth notes should be beamed in a way that clarifies each beat
- eighth notes should be beamed in a way that clarifies each group of two beats
- longer notes that start off the beat should be broken up with ties to clarify each beat or group of two beats
A full discussion of this topic is beyond the scope of this Handbook, but for more information, see this handout.
Here is an example of a rhythm written incorrectly and then correctly:
MuseScore can correct many of these cases automatically.
To regroup rhythms according to the common conventions of standard music notation:
- Select the passage you wish to regroup.
- From the main menu, select Tools→Regroup rhythms.
The rhythm itself is not changed—only the notation of it.