MuseScore Notes

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  • To change the gap between tab and score, just drag the tab part down
  • Best way to move a note right/left is to cut and paste
  • <Ctrl-l> to enter lyrics mode (<Space> will move annotation to the next note)
  • <Ctrl-k> to enter chord mode (<Space> will move annotation to the next note, or <Tab> to move to next measure). These play by default during playback
  • <Ctrl-M>adds a rehearsal mark (i.e. a section note like A, B, C, D)
  • RNA (roman numeral analysis) can be added through Add → Text → Roman Numeral Analysis
  • <Ctrl-Del> to remove selected range
  • <Ctrl-t> to add text annotation to a note
  • Arpeggio could be a useful palette



Tempo can be dragged onto page then edited to apply when score is played back


  • Esc to remove focus
  • <F9> to bring up the palette window (for time and key signature)
  • <Alt-Up>/<Alt-Down> to move between selected notes, tablature, clefs
  • n to enter/exit note input mode (note the lowercase!)
  • <Shift-Left/Right> to additively select notes horizontally
  • <Shift-Up/Down> to additively select notes vertically

Note input mode

  • 4 for quaver
  • 5 for crochet
  • 6 for minim
  • 7 for semibreve
  • + to tie
  • . for augmentation dot
  • <Up>/<Down> to move note up/down
  • <Ctrl-Left/Right> to move to next/previous bar
  • <Shift-Left/Right> to move a note left/right
  • <Shift-<X>> to add the note <X> to the current note
  • r to repeat previous note
  • <Alt-Num> add interval above current note
  • <Alt-Shift-Num> add interval below current note
    • These need to be set up in preferences
  • To insert a measure before currently selected one, press <Ins>
  • <Ctrl-B> adds a measure to the end of the score
  • <Ctrl-Alt-B> adds a custom number of measures to the end of the score
  • <Ctrl-Up/Down> moves the note up/down an octave
  • q to shorten current (single) note duration (i.e. quicken)
  • w to lengthen current note duration (i.e. widen)
  • Different voicings can be chosen by selecting a note, and then choosing 1, 2, 3, 4
    • Keybinding-wise, when a note is selected, <C-A-2> moves it to the second voice.
  • Create a triplet by selecting the note, then pressing <C-3>


  • <Ctrl-Up>/<Ctrl-Down> to move fret to upper/lower string