Tutorial: Pickup measures within a score

Pickup measures most usually occur in the first measure of a piece. You can add them in the score wizard. Generally, the last measure of the score is then shortened by the note value of the pickup measure.

But what to do if a pickup measure is required within the score, like, for example, after a repeat bar?

This video shows you how to get to a score like this in three simple steps.


1. Adjust the meters

Before inserting the repeat, change the meters before and after the respective bar line. It is advisable to start with the measure after the pickup measure (in our case, measure no. 8). Here, you have to simply insert the general meter of your piece (2/4, in our case), to ensure nothing gets messed up in the following measures.

After that, adjust the “incomplete” measures before and after the repeat.

2. Insert your notes

Now that all measures have the desired length, you can enter the repeat bar. Then: go ahead and enter your notes!

3. Brush your layout

Most certainly, you’ll want to hide the meters you just inserted without everything getting messed up again. Simply double-click the element and open the “Meter Properties” window with a right click. At the tab “General”, choose “Hidden” and “Apply”. That’s all.

Now some fine-tuning of your layout might be necessary. To move bar lines, notes or rests around, select them first.
The element should turn red now that it’s marked.
Press ctrl and keep ctrl pressed while using the arrow keys to reposition the element to the desired place.

And if you want to listen to the old German folksong we chose for this tutorial, Elvis himself has an English version for you:

How did you like this tutorial? We’re looking forward to your comments below!

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