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I am transcribing the string bass part from a piece we are playing in Concert Band. It has numerous "let ring" notes, pizzicato with ties or slurs going to open space.

How can I do this in MuseScore 3?
(I have the latest version as of yesterday, OS: Windows 10 (10.0), Arch.: x86_64, MuseScore version (64-bit): 3.6.2.548021803, revision: github-musescore-musescore-3224f34), and I've searched the handbook and site.

The basic problem is that MuseScore wants a target for the end of slurs and ties, so even providing a temporary target doesn't work: the arch goes away with the target being deleted. While I can imagine a solution involving multiple voices, making notes or other elements not visible, I would prefer something that works in one voice, so I don't have to spend the rest of my life maintaining this one score.

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The Laissez Vibrer (let ring) symbol can be found in the articulation palette:
articulation palette with highlighting the Laissez Vibrer symbol

The default placement of this symbol is directly above/below the note head (which is annoying), but it can be positioned manually without much difficulty (using the mouse).

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Personally I never use the l.v. symbol since it's a bit cumbersome. You need to manually position it correctly. This also means that if you do a bit more complicated layout adjustments you'll need to reposition it.

Easier and faster is simply drawing a slur and hiding the end point. No need for multiple voices or whatever.

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To hide a note, select the note and in the inspector untick the "visible" option. (If it has a stem you need to select it separately and hide that too, but in general I always let l.v. notes end in a whole note, i.e. without a stem)

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    I think you still need the multiple voices if you draw the slur into a rest (Musescore will try to skip over the rest by default last time I checked).
    – Dekkadeci
    May 26 at 16:35
  • you probably also want to make sure that endpoint note doesn't play (untick that inspector box as well)
    – user45266
    May 27 at 18:20
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If you select your first note and then add a slur, the slur will point to "nothing". Alternatively, you can use a "Let Ring", but this is more guitar-oriented.

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