Video #5: User interface in MuseScore

Video #5: User interface in MuseScore

Very good to everyone! How are you? I’m Ismael Vallejo from Clave de Mi and this is video number 5 of the MuseTube course, the course where we are looking at MuseScore from the most basic to the most advanced.

In the previous video we went through the necessary steps to create a score from scratch, create a few notes, add a slur and learn how to save and export the score.

The idea of ​​this video is that when you finish, you feel comfortable enough to know more or less where everything is, both in MuseScore 3 and in MuseScore 4, so we are going to see carefully where each of the most important elements is, which are the most important and most used toolbars and in general, as I already said, knowing where everything is located and how the interfaces have changed from version 3 to version 4.

So we started with version 4 and we let’s go to the computer Starting with MuseScore 4 and knowing that this is new, that is, it is not in version 3, we can say that the main interface of the program is divided into three large blocks: the Home block, the Score block, and the Publish block.

Starting with the Home tab, I think this screen will ring as it is the screen that opens when we start the program.

Here we see that we have four more tabs where we have selected the Scores tab and it is where the latest scores we have created are placed so that we have quick access to them.

Just like we have the new and recent ones, we can also see those online scores that we have uploaded to musescore.com, which in my case does not appear because I am not logged in with my account.

To do this, you could do it from here, from “Create account” or “Sign in” if you already have one, or by going directly to “My accounts”, where, as you can see , both musescore.com and audio.com appear .

Summarizing briefly (as we will see in future videos), musescore.com is a platform for sharing sheet music and audio.com is a platform for sharing MP3s, which can come from our created sheet music.

In one way or another we have here a quick link to register or log in to each of these platforms.

The third tab is the Plugins tab.

In my case, as you can see, I have one of them activated, but there are a lot of plugins that we can download to improve the features that MuseScore 4 has.

Finally, in the “Learn” tab we have a lot of videos.

These videos are directly published by the MuseScore team , but I have to tell you that they are all in English.

So once again I tell you that if you want it in Spanish, the best thing you can do is follow the MuseTube course.

Also, if you click on Classes, you can see that there is a course that one of the MuseScore instructors has created, called “Mastering MuseScore”.

Also tell you that the course is in English.

And up to here the first of the three large blocks that make up the interface.

I am going to go directly to “Publish” since the “Score” is going to be the main one and I prefer that we see the “Publish” one first since it is shorter.

If we go to “Publish” it really takes us to an interface where what we can do is what we saw before on the welcome screen.

And it is both publishing on musescore.com and sharing on audio.com, the two platforms I was talking about before.

As for “Export” we saw it in the previous video and “Print” I think it does not need much explanation.

It is simply to click on the button and send it to the printer that we prefer.

Now yes, we are now entering the main block of this program, which is the “Score” block and, on the other hand, the only one that exists in version 3 of MuseScore (which we will see below).

We can say that the MuseScore interface can be divided into seven large toolbars , some of them the same as in MuseScore 3, others new, and others that have changed their location.

Let’s go one by one.

The first we could say is the “Note input toolbar”.

It is this one here and as you can see it allows us to change figures, add alterations or even some elements.

This bar is common with MuseScore 3.

Tell you that the most used elements come here, but we can add more by pressing the gear key.

As you can see, all the ones with the little eye means that they are showing themselves, while those with the closed eye means that they are not showing themselves.

For example, you could add the “128th note” as an example and see how it is automatically added to us.

To hide it, simply click on the eye again.

Secondly, we see up here that we have the “Playback toolbar”.

This basically allows us to play a score that we have created.

Like the previous bar, this bar is also available in MuseScore 3.

Up here we have two other important buttons: the “Parts” button helps us to manage the different parts.

Imagine an orchestra sheet music with 10 instruments; Well, if we give “Parts” it would lead us to be able to edit each of the parts separately.

Tell you that this button is new from MuseScore 4.

The “Mixer”, although it does exist in MuseScore 3 as in MuseScore 4, it did not have its own button on the toolbar so we can say that, although the tool has been maintained , the button itself is a much faster way to access it than in MuseScore 3.

Regarding the “Side bar”, which we already saw briefly in the previous video, we can say that it is subdivided into three tabs: the “Palettes” tab, which will allow us to add the elements that we need in our score, the “Properties” tab, which, as we said, replaced the “Inspector” of version 3 and allows us, for each of the elements, to adjust different properties both of appearance as functionality, and the “Instruments” tab, which allows us to rearrange, show, hide, etc…the created instruments.

In this case, only “Piano” appears because the sheet music I have is created as piano in treble clef.

Of the three tabs that exist, we could say that in MuseScore 3 there was only the “Palettes” tab, since the “Properties” tab was the “Inspector” (which we will see below) and the “Instruments” tab did not exist as such.

Next, we can say that we have the main interface, that is, the score, where we will continuously work with the help of the rest of the menus.

At the bottom, we have the “Status Bar”.

This bar as such is new from MuseScore 4 since in MuseScore 3 we have all these elements at the top of the interface (we will see it below).

But mainly, what we have here is the “Workspace” configuration (which we will talk about in later videos), the possibility of activating the “Concert pitch”, that is, that the different tonalities of the instruments are ignored.

Finally, tell you that we have certain hidden interface elements, but that we can show when we need to.

To give an example, we can click on the “Mixer”, which opens a new window to adjust different parameterizations of the instruments; or from “View” -> “Piano keyboard”, show the keyboard on the screen: an alternative way to enter notes (we will see all this in much more detail in later videos).

If we go to MuseScore 3, the first thing we notice is that everything seems a bit smaller.

The menus are smaller, the buttons are smaller and everything is more concentrated.

Therefore, we can say that a good improvement of MuseScore 4 is that the interface is much more modern and friendly.

However, we are going to see, equally, all those differences that we have between both versions.

The first main difference is that we have certain buttons (these “New”, “Load”, “Save”, “Share” and “Print”) that we don’t have in MuseScore 4.

It’s a quick way to, for example, create a new score, but for some reason in version 4 they have decided to omit.

If we continue, we have the “Zoom/Page View” part.

If you remember, in version 4 this part of the zoom, where it allowed us to zoom in, out or switch to continuous view, we have it at the bottom, in what we call the “Status Bar”.

In the case of MuseScore 3 it appears at the top.

Next, we see the “Playback controls”, the same as we have in version 4.

The next button that indicates “Concert Pitch”, and that for me, the first time I read it, led me to a bit of confusion, since I wasn’t quite sure what it was.

Turns out it’s the same button as “Concert Tune” from version 4.

And finally, a very important button from version 3 and unfortunately not carried over to version 4 as of today, is the possibility of being able to create screenshots and be able to save them as an image (“Image Capture”).

As I already said, this is typical of version 3, and today it has not been carried over to version 4.

If we continue with the “Note input”, we see that it is very similar to the one in version 4, with some small negligible difference.

Here on the right, as you can see, an “Advanced” appears, which in your case will surely be in “Basic” or “Basic edited” and is nothing more than the “Workspace” that you can choose and customize (from this we’ll talk about it in future videos.) Simply, as you can see, the “Basic” has much less visible figures than the “Advanced”, but this is fully editable.

And up here, there is a button that I have never used in my life, which simply serves to, if we click on it, it opens a web page in case we want to send a comment to MuseScore, for example, a bug, an improvement, a suggestion, etc…Continuing through the menu on the left, we see that the “Palettes” menu is the same as the one in MuseScore 4, with the difference that here we only have the “Palettes” menu and in MuseScore 4, we also have the of “Properties” and the “Instruments”.

In this case, as you can see, the three buttons to change are not there.

And finally, the score interface is very similar to MuseScore 4, so I won’t go into more detail.

Regarding the pop-up windows, simply say that, just as we had the “Properties” button here before, now we have the “Inspector”, which, as I already said, disappeared in version 4 and we can show it from “View” -> “Inspector ” or with the F8 key.

Simply when we click on any element, we see how the “Inspector” shows us information that we can modify to make a fine adjustment of the elements.

As before, we can hit “View”, and we see that we have a few.

To put some difference with respect to version 4, we have the “Play Panel”, which has totally disappeared from version 4.

If you remember, in version 4 we had a little button with a gear to configure the “Toolbars”.

In this case we can do it from “View” -> “Toolbars” -> “Customize toolbars”, and here, as you can see, we can add different elements that by default do not appear in our “Toolbar”.

For example, we are going to insert a “64th note”, and in “Playback controls”, a button that I find very useful is the “Count-in” (which is that first measure of signal before a score begins).

If we click “Accept”, we see how both are automatically added.

And up to here the “User Interface” part.

It may seem like there are a lot of toolbars, a lot of menus and a lot of buttons, but you really have to know the structure of the program so that you quickly know where to look for everything.

Basically, both interfaces are quite similar, but it is true that there are certain differences that I hope you understand and that, whether you work with one version or another, you will be able to quickly find what you need.

As I said, we are still in the part of building the foundation.

If you know how to create a score, how to add notes and know how to move through the different menus you have a large part of the job done.

From now on, we’ll start to go much deeper into each of these sections.

And for today we leave it here, as always encourage you to subscribe, hit the bell, and if you leave me a like and a comment, much better! In the next video we will learn how to navigate through the score to quickly go to the section that interests us the most and we will see a tool that shows us the basic structure of the scores.

See you in future videos.

See you soon!

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