The title already gives my question away.

The background is as follows. Imagine having a 4 bar pattern with your left hand, which repeats through your entire song and your right hand does whatever it wants in the meantime.

To make my music sheet easier to read, I naturally want to reduce the amount of notes written on it. Therefore I don't want to write these 4 bars over and over again but instead replace them with a 4 bar repetition symbol. Is that possible in Musescore 3? I've found a rather elaborate workaround for a single clef (see: https://musescore.org/en/node/103336), but when I try to adapt it for piano, it failes already at the beginning, because it not only merges the bars of one clef, but both clefs alike. Does that mean, I have to perform the mentioned steps for the other clef aswell? Besides, I think the whole thing would blow up anyway, as soon as I try to copy the 4 bar repetition.

Any easier suggestions?

Apropos, it's not my primary concern to keep the playback alive, although that would be a neat feature.

Thanks in advance!


I think this is what you want?

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Unfortunately, that was a picture of a Sibelius score. I don't think MuseScore 3 can do it. Sorry.

I can cobble together the LOOK of it. The symbol is a graphic exported from Sibelius, but I'm sure there are other places it could be found. In order to place them over the barlines I found it necessary to create a long Text Frame to host them, they could then be dragged into position. (If you attach them to a bar, the barline moves when you try to position over it.) There's quite likely a better way, but I'm not an experienced MuseScore user, I'm making all this up as I go!

Now, looking at it, is it really easier to read than just writing the bass part out? I don't think so.

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  • Thank you for your answer. That's exactly what I'm trying to do. Well, I think I'll wait another day or two before I "accept" your answer, maybe someone out there has a saving idea. Mar 3 '19 at 13:52
  • First of all, thank you for your possible solution! Well, maybe they release some day an update or a plug-in or something like that, which enables this feature. Referring to your concerns regarding the readibility ... I think your example is rather simplistic in terms of the difficulty shown in the bass clef. As soon as there are more notes, things can get messy. Furthermore, to improve readability, I would set the lengths of the bars to an adjusted minimum value, so that they have all more or less the same length. But once again, thank you for your time and answer! Mar 5 '19 at 16:00
  • It's generally accepted that fixed-length bars, fully proportional spacing, doesn't aid readability. In fact, quite the opposite! Mar 5 '19 at 16:04

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