I've written two voices, and as you can see here, they are seperated by a 2nd, so the notes intersect. This is, obviously, unacceptable.

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So how should I handle this? If I move the note heads, it looks a little weird to me.

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I'm using MuseScore for my notation software.

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The lowest notes on these examples must be written on the right of the chord. Not on the left or vertically centered as shown above.

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    Thanks! For people viewing this question in the future, I figured out how to do it in MuseScore: double-click on the note and press the right arrow key.
    – Cheezey
    Commented Jan 24, 2015 at 20:40
  • See also the pamphlet Standard Music Notation Practice, page 7, rules (e) and (f), by the Music Publishers' Association.
    – Aaron
    Commented Oct 20, 2020 at 3:38

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