I'm new to using Musescore and writing notation, so excuse any ignorance on my part.
For the sake of example, let's say we want to play a C-Major triad in the root position, but we want to express that C and E are held for two beats and the G is held for one. Initially, I would think to do something like this:
But I've come across notation where people would use different voices to express the same thing. Here the blue represents voice 1 and the green represents voice 2:
When I first saw this, I actually thought it looked a little cleaner. But when I looked up the definition of voices, it said:
A voice is a musical line or part which can have its own rhythm independently of other voices on the same staff.
Then I thought this might be some sort of notation abuse because in some of the sheets I was looking at, it was clear that there was one voice being expressed with two voices.
My question revolves around correct notation and readability. Is it technically correct or incorrect to express one voice using two? Is one more readable than another? Can one be more misleading than another? Does this even matter or should I just stop overthinking things and get back to playing music?