Hymn Formatting

Jan 29, 2019

Hello, composers! So, for your original hymns that you write in MuseScore, I recommend you format them a specific way so that they fit nicely in a songbook and the words are not too small. To make it easy on you, you should create a 'style' that you load into every hymn you write. 

I recommend opening up a new, blank score, going to Format > Page Settings, and changing the 'width' to 139.70mm and 'height' to 215.90mm. Then change the 'Staff Space' to 1.118mm. 
Then I recommend going to Format > Style > Page and changing the 'Min. system distance' to 5.0sp. 
Then to Format > Page Settings > Measure Numbers, and uncheck 'measure numbers.' 
THEN to Format > Page Settings > Header, Footer, and, under 'Footer Text,' delete any time you see "$p" and delete "$:copyright:" from the 'even' row.

Finally, I would go to Format > Save Style, and save all this information as "hymn" somewhere you will remember. This way, every time you begin writing a new hymn, all you need to do is click Format > Load Style, and load up your "hymn" style. All this information you just input will be immediately applied to your hymn to make it look good and fit nicely into a songbook.

I learned all this the hard way when I put my congregation's supplementary songbook together. I didn't format the songs this way and they all turned out with the words too small and the page only being able to fit a maximum of four lines. Don't be Haden. Be smart.


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