Instant MuseScore [Instant]

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  • Learn something new in an Instant! A short, fast, focused guide delivering immediate results
  • Enhance your musical scores with articulations, text, and lyrics
  • Engrave your music and extract parts skilfully
  • Playback, print, and export your music to an audio file

Book Details

Language : English
eBook : 54 pages
Release Date : August 2013
ISBN : 1783559365
ISBN 13 : 9781783559367
Author(s) : Maxwell Shinn
Topics and Technologies : All Books, Instant, Other

Table of Contents

Instant MuseScore
  • Instant MuseScore
    • So, what is MuseScore?
    • Installation
      • Windows
        • Step 1 – downloading MuseScore
        • Step 2 – running the installer
      • Mac OS X
        • Step 1 – downloading MuseScore
        • Step 2 – installing it on your computer
      • GNU/Linux
        • Step 1 – installing MuseScore through your package manager
      • And that's it
    • Quick start – creating your first score
      • Step 1 – navigating the interface
      • Step 2 – creating a score
      • Step 3 – entering notes
        • Inserting triplets
        • Inserting ties
        • Copying and pasting
        • Inserting and deleting measures
      • Step 4 – playing back your music
      • Step 5 – printing and exporting your music
    • Top 5 features you need to know about
      • Articulations and dynamics
        • Single-note articulations
        • Dynamics
        • Hairpins, slurs, ottava brackets, and pedal markings
      • Text
        • General text
        • Tempo markings
        • Chord symbols
        • Lyrics
      • Changing the time and key signature
        • Changing the time signature
        • Changing the key signature
        • Transposing music
        • Transposing instruments
      • Formatting
        • Barlines and repeats
        • Page layout
        • Spacers
        • Line and page breaks
        • Measure stretch
        • Beaming
        • Grouping instruments
      • Extracting parts
    • People and places you should get to know
      • Official sites
      • Articles and tutorials
      • Community and resources

Maxwell Shinn

Maxwell Shinn is a composer currently located in the Minneapolis region. He first discovered MuseScore in 2009, and shortly thereafter began using it as his exclusive music notation software package. Later, he began contributing to the community by compiling the GNU/Linux nightly builds. Max has composed two full length musicals in MuseScore, as well as works for orchestra, concert band, chamber ensemble, instrumental solo, and others. Additionally, Max is known for releasing his works to the public, allowing for unlimited performance, recording, and even modification under the Creative Commons BY-SA license. These works are available for download from his website,
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What you will learn from this book

  • Enter notes and rhythms into MuseScore
  • Insert articulations, dynamics, and markings
  • Modify the key signature, time signature, and tempo
  • Transpose passages and deal with the transposing instrument
  • Extract parts for individual musicians
  • Format your music cleanly to give it a professional touch
  • Print your music and save it as an audio file
  • Add several verses of lyrics to your score for chorus or solo voice
  • Write passages using chord-symbol notation

In Detail

MuseScore is a free and Libre music notation program, suitable for everyone from music students to professionals. In recent years, MuseScore has established itself as one of the leading score-writers for those looking to take the quality of their sheet music to the next level. From large-scale orchestral works to short piano/vocal songs, MuseScore makes the process easy so you can focus on the music instead of the technology.

Instant MuseScore takes readers through the process of notating music in a simple and straightforward manner. Starting with the basics and adding tips to our toolbox as we go, we learn to utilize the most important features of MuseScore. Instant MuseScore will help you become familiar with the tools that you will need to make great music whether or not you have used music notation software before.

This book will introduce you to the key features of MuseScore, and shows you how to typeset very complicated scores while steering clear of some common trouble spots.
You will start by understanding the most notable features that will help you to enter music into MuseScore. Using these as a base, we will explore additional techniques necessary for more complex projects, and learn how to give your score a professional touch. Towards the end of the book, you will be confident enough to create quality sheet music and natural-looking scores with an unbeatable software package.


Get to grips with a new technology, understand what it is and what it can do for you, and then get to work with the most important features and tasks. Instant MuseScore is written in an easy-to follow format, packed with illustrations that will help you get started with this music composition software.

Who this book is for

This book is for musicians who would like to learn how to notate music digitally with MuseScore. Readers should already have some knowledge about musical terminology; however, no prior experience with music notation software is necessary.

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