Often when I arrange, I include a jam part where I just use the chord notes. I prefer to have this these sections after everything. See picture:

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The problem is when I listen to it on my computer. I would like to skip both sections marked with "Jam". How do I do that?

I tagged with "notation", but I would happily accept a solution that is not based on formal notation, but instead some feature in Musescore.


MuseScore is now at v2.3.2. There seems no excuse for not having the latest version! But I don't think DS jumps and the like are a VERY new feature.

You can cheat MuseScore into skipping up to two sections of a score in playback.

Playback only halts at 'Fine' when it is coupled with a 'DC al Fine' or 'DS al Fine' instruction.

'DS' normally skips back. But MuseScore is happy for a 'DS' to skip forward as well. So we can place 'DS al Coda' at the beginning of a section to be skipped, '$' at the point to continue playing, then 'To Coda' and the Coda symbol to mark another skipped section. If you only want to skip one section, just.use 'DS' and '$'

These objects can be made invisible in the Inspector if desired. In the example, all the low F notes play, all the high F notes are skipped.

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(Note to users of pre-2.2 versions of MuseScore. Earlier versions followed the 'no repeats after a DS' convention. A repeated section after the jump won't repeat. After 2.2 we became able to choose.)

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  • This worked amazingly. Thank you very much. And yes, I know I should have a newer version, but I'm using Debian Linux, and it can be a bit of a hassle to upgrade individual programs.
    – klutt
    Aug 12 '18 at 10:04
  • Interesting that the answer that DOESN'T work still has more votes. Gotta love Stack Exchange! Aug 12 '18 at 10:06
  • It's a matter of speed. :)
    – klutt
    Aug 12 '18 at 10:08
  • But one thing. This worked. I put a D.S. at 75 and $ at 76. That made the repeat at measure 100 stop working. Same thing happened when I used the whole D.S. al Coda. Do you know what's wrong?
    – klutt
    Aug 12 '18 at 10:12
  • Looks like you'll need to get to v2.2 or above. Earlier MuseScore followed the 'no repeats after a DS' convention. See the addition to my main answer. Aug 12 '18 at 10:35

First, make sure your Musescore is up to date.

If you place a fine in the score from the palette, it should stop playback there. Then you can make it invisible.

And this seems easy once you read it: to skip over measures, place invisible D.C.s and segnos and/or to coda and coda marks.

If it's not behaving as expected, check that Musescore is up to date and also check the inspector for each element for a "play" checkbox. Make sure it is checked. There might also be special element properties that control playback that might have to be edited or verified.

  • Hmmm, the playback continues, but on the other hand Musescore is quite buggy and it is likely that it would work with a newer version.
    – klutt
    Aug 11 '18 at 20:20
  • @klutt Definitely check your version. One site I read said at least 1.4 to make playback stop on fine. I confess I haven't tried this myself. Aug 11 '18 at 20:21
  • Well, then it's some kind of bug. My version is 2.0.3
    – klutt
    Aug 11 '18 at 20:26
  • Sorry for accepting and unaccepting, but Paynes answer did actually work for me.
    – klutt
    Aug 12 '18 at 10:04
  • @klutt Not at all a problem. No need to apologize. That’s why the system works the way it does. I’m glad you got it sorted! Aug 12 '18 at 10:57

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