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How is this possible: Some sheet music I'm trying to use, written in 6/4 time, is written for piano, and, of course, includes both treble and bass staffs. In the treble staff, the notes and rests add up to 6 quarter notes, as they should - but in the bass staff, they add up to 9 quarter notes. How is this played (or rather, what is it equivalent to)?

Example of what is explained above.

If you can't see the image, this measure of the treble staff has a quarter rest, a quarter note, two eighth notes, and three more quarter notes. The same measure, this time in the bass staff, has a whole note, a half note tied with a quarter note, and another half note.

And if anyone would happen to know, can I replicate this in MuseScore? If so, how?


  • I don't use MuseScore, but it looks like you want musescore.org/en/handbook/voices
    – user48353
    Mar 22, 2019 at 1:00
  • @replete Respectfully disagree, as this one's a little more complicated (there's no rest over the note). However, OP should consider checking out that question for sure.
    – user45266
    Mar 22, 2019 at 4:21
  • @replete Well, I think it just comes down to opinion really on how close "dupe" requires. Anyway, it doesn't matter now, because you wrote a great answer, which I gave +1.
    – user45266
    Mar 22, 2019 at 4:43
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    I don't agree it's a dupe -- this example is a very poorly edited bit. As replete answered, there should be a rest in both staves. Mar 22, 2019 at 11:52

1 Answer 1


The notation could look something more like this:

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This makes the intent clearer, however shortcuts such as in your example are common.

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    I hope they aren't too common -- it's really sloppy! Mar 22, 2019 at 11:52
  • Thanks! Makes perfect sense, seeing it as two separate voices. Mar 23, 2019 at 22:24

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