I have just started experimenting with MuseScore. Nothing serious but it is proving to be a useful tool to explore and understand music. I was entering some string parts and hit this odd problem. I had entered the cello part and wanted to copy it to the double bass. So, I tried copy and paste. It worked but the effect was not what I wanted. It moved the notes up an octave so that the bass would play the same notes as the cello. Of course, what I wanted was that it would be notated the same and hence the bass would play an octave below. Is there a technique for this?

I can see the logic in what it did. If I were to copy an oboe part to the clarinet then I would appreciate the transposition. (I have not tried that yet.)

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As you say, this is correct behaviour. If you don't want a literal copy of the music, after the Copy/Paste leave the notes selected and call the Transpose function. It will take just a couple of clicks to shift down an octave.

  • I had used transpose but I had not thought to try it on a single part.
    – badjohn
    Commented May 4, 2019 at 11:40
  • In the case of an octave, you could also do shift+down arrow (I forgot the key combination but it is something like that)
    – dalearn
    Commented May 4, 2019 at 16:49
  • Right after you paste, while the pasted notes are still selected, ctrl+down arrow will set the notes in the right octave, here. Commented Jun 6, 2019 at 23:40

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