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This MuseScore 4 Overview builds on last week’s post about downloading MuseScore. To start, let’s click the icon at the top of the screen in the menu bar. Notice the apps. Audacity is a digital audio workstation; also open source and well worth exploring. There are some instrument sounds also that have been greatly improved in this new version of MuseScore. The check mark indicates I’ve downloaded that “Keys” package.

MuseScore 4 Overview

Clicking on the MuseScore icon loads MuseScore 4. The interface looks different. But it is more user accessible too. The scores appear on a “desktop” instead of in files in a folder. There is an account integration function that works well with your MuseScore account. A new cloud-saving capability provides a way to easily back up your scores for safekeeping. The score with the cloud icon has been saved in the cloud. But I also have a local copy you can see as well. It is my current working copy.

Plugins are great and I haven’t done much with them yet. The “Learn” tab is helpful to get you up and running quickly. it has lots of short videos introducing you to the MuseScore features new since the last version. When I double-click on a score it opens. I’m using the piano keyboard. Go to the “View” menu and select “Keyboard” to make it appear.

To enter notes, place the cursor where you want to start. Press “N” on the keyboard, or click the N at the top left. Place the cursor first to avoid having notes appear at the beginning of the score. You can check the piano keyboard to show the same note you are keying into the score. C3 on the piano keyboard shows up as the bass clef 2nd space. Type the note names on the computer keyboard to watch them appear on the screen.

For the MIDI keyboard entry, let’s check the “Properties”. Make sure “Play notes when editing”, is checked in the Note Entry selection. If not, you won’t hear the notes when you edit them. Also, under “I/O” make sure you select the correct MIDI keyboard attached to your computer. My experience is this requires frequent checking to make sure all the selections are correct.

Don’t forget to check out my FREE gift to you: a MuseScore 4 Keyboard Shortcuts Cheat Sheet.

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