This is the fifth video in a 10-part MuseScore tutorial series which takes you through the steps of setting up a new score. Each video focuses on one part of the score-creation process: navigation around the MuseScore screen, note entry methods, inserting repeat bars and creating codas and more. These videos are a great place to start if you’re a new user looking for MuseScore help.
Hello, my name is Katie Wardrobe. Welcome to MuseScore in 10 Easy Steps Tutorial 5.
Now that we’ve entered the notes into our score we can move on to lyrics and dynamics. First of all I’ll add in my lyrics. To get started I’ll select the first note and then press Control+L or Command+ L on a Mac.
A cursor appears underneath the note and I’m ready to type in my lyrics. Each time I press the space bar between words MuseScore knows to jump across to the next note. When I get to a word with two syllables – like the word “gently” – I’ll use a hyphen between each syllable. When I’ve finished typing I’ll press Escape twice to exit Edit mode, and to de-select the last word I entered.
Now that voice 1 is complete I’m ready to copy and paste it into my second and third voice parts. I’ll select the melody by clicking in the first bar so that I end up with a blue box around that bar. Next, hold down Shift and then click in the last bar of the melody. Your blue box should now encompass the entire melody.
With the melody selected, I’ll copy it by using the shortcut Control+C (or Command+C on a Mac). Then, select the bar where you want to paste the melody, and use the shortcut Control+V (or Command+V on a Mac). I’ll do the same in the third voice which will start at bar 5.
I’ll finish off the vocal parts by adding some dynamics. Click on the dynamics palette to reveal the choices. If you don’t have the palettes showing on the left side of your screen, go to Display > Palette to turn them on.
Select the dynamic you want and drag it to the right place in your score. Because this is a vocal score I need to position the dynamics above the stave.