MuseScore Songbook

Dansk version

The MuseScore Songbook App lets you play and practise sheet music at home or on the go. It is available for Android tablets/smartphones and iPad/iPhone. Once you have opened MuseScore files downloaded from the Internet, the files remain available through MuseScore Songbooks built-in library so you can practise even if you're not connected to the Internet.

MuseScore music files are available through the community or various private home pages such as mine at

Below is a short tutorial in the use of MuseScore Songbook.

My current homepage is not designed smartphone/iPhone friendly. It is usable but you need to enlarge pages after loading them, This is somewhat cumbersome. I have created one page for starters though which is smartphone/iPhone friendly: It will be used in the tutorial below.

I'm using an iPhone5 for the tutorial just to show that although the screen is really small is it indeed usable.

In Safari I've opened

Each link points to a MuseScore file.

For now I'll rehearse Bruckners "Locus Iste".

I tap the link (Locus Iste)

Safari recognises the link as a MuseScore file and that I have an App on my iPhone which supports this kind of file.

Thus Safari suggest that the file is opened by MuseScore Songbook.

I tap on: "Åbn i "Songbook"" (Open in "Songbook") The iPhone screen is really too small for reading the score when the phone is held upright.  I turn the iPhone to a horizontal position.

Beside the score itself the screen contains seven symbols representing seven functions:

- Exit the score and return to the local library.
- Rewind to the start of the score
- Play
- Staff resize
- Transpose the score
- Ajust the tempo
- Volume control of each individual voice.

Per default only the first voice of the score is shown (most likely the soprano voice).

I sing bass so I need to change it so the bass voice becomes visible and the soprano voice becomes invisible. Did I have a tablet with a larger screen I would probably want alle voices to be visible.

To make the bass voice visible I tap on the gray 'eye' symbol right to "Bass" which then becomes blue.

To make the soprano voice invisible I tap on the blue 'eye' symbol which then becomes gray.

(If needed you can enable the metronome to sound during playback).

To emphasise the bass voice I want to lower the volume of the soprano, alto and tenor voices by using the sliders for each voice.

I also increase the volume of the bass voice. This is probably most relevant when using a score with accompaniment.

I'm now ready to rehearse "Locus Iste".

However I do find that only one staff visible at all times is inadequate.  I want to see more....

By tapping on   - I can resize the staff.
Tapping on the two small 8th notes two staff becomes visible.

Tap on to start playback.

Tempowise this particular example is quite easy for most amateur choir singers however other works have challenges. During rehearsal it would be nice to be able to lower the tempo.

By tapping you can change the playback tempo.

Finally: If you for some reason want to rehearse the score in a different key you can change the key by tapping .


12. april 2015