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):, 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).


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.


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
    Commented May 26, 2022 at 16:35
  • you probably also want to make sure that endpoint note doesn't play (untick that inspector box as well)
    – user45266
    Commented May 27, 2022 at 18:20

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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My trick is to change the note to two shorter tied notes, hide the second, and disguise the value of the first by changing the head type in Inspector and/or hiding unwanted bits.

screenshot of two variants in MuseScore, the "whole" note and "quarter" note, with invisible parts showing

The easy way to resize the tie is to click on the right handle and use Ctrl+left.

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